Countywide cleanup day in planning stage
by Jennifer Cohron
Jun 07, 2014 | 1503 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several local groups are working together to organize a week-long cleanup campaign to tackle the area’s litter problem.

Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, and Penne Mott, dean of Bevill State Community College’s Jasper campus, introduced “Don’t Drop it on Walker County” to members of the Walker County Commission on Wednesday.

“As we continue to recruit retail and different businesses in our area, we take them on site visits, and we want them to know that our county is a clean county,” Lewis said.

“Don’t Drop It on Alabama” is an annual spring cleanup hosted by Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State). All materials and supplies are furnished by the PALS program.

Lewis said business owners, civic leaders and individuals will be asked to join the effort to promote a cleaner and healthier county.

Each commissioner will serve as a team captain, and the bulk of the cleanup will be focused on the main roadways in each district.

All teams will meet at the old airport on a Saturday to gather supplies and will pick up trash until noon.

“We’ll bring it all back to the airport and see how much trash we have accumulated. We have also talked about awarding a trophy to the district that brings in the most trash, and we will pass that down every year to get you motivated,” Lewis said.

A date for the event has not been determined. Lewis suggested holding it in the fall to allow sufficient time for planning the cleanup.

More details are expected to be discussed at an upcoming work session of the county commission.