Early results mixed in clean up effort

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Keep Lincoln County Beautiful officials are reporting mixedresults from early efforts as part of this year’s Great AmericanCleanup.

“It’s going great,” said Lincoln County Solid Waste CoordinatorRonnie Durr.

Durr said citizens have been taking advantage of a dumpster thatis being placed in selected areas in each of the five supervisordistricts.

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The dumpster is being put out on Thursdays through Tuesdays forcitizens to dispose of “junk” such as old tires, couches,refrigerators, clothing and other items. Household garbage is notallowed to be put in the dumpsters.

“Everybody’s got something they need to throw away,” Durr said.”This is an excellent opportunity to get rid of it.”

The dumpster was placed in Bogue Chitto the first weekend, April1-6. Durr did not have an exact total, but he estimated 20 tons ofmaterials were put out for disposal.

Currently, the dumpster is located at Hurricane Lake. Thedumpster is scheduled to be removed Tuesday.

“We’ve done well out there. I’m guessing probably 10 tons,” Durrsaid.

Durr said supervisors are distributing flyers notifying citizensin their districts when and where the dumpster will be located. Theflyers include a statement about no household garbage at thedumpsters.

Beginning Thursday, Durr said the dumpster will be at theintersection of East Lincoln Road and Monticello Street. It will bethere during the weekend.

“This is the first time we’ve had it in District One,” Durrsaid. “Hopefully, we’ll have a good response there.”

The following weekend, April 22-27, Durr said the dumpster willbe in District Five at the intersection of James Drive and PearlieLane. Finally, from April 29-May 4, the dumpster will be inDistrict Two at the voting precinct in Brignall.

“We always have a good response there,” Durr said.

Durr said this is also the first year the dumpster has been putin District Five for a weekend. He said officials will evaluateresponse the activity receives in Districts One and Five.

“We might have to change where we put them,” Durr said.

This is the third year for the dumpsters as part of thecampaign. The first year, it was put in Brignall and Bogue Chitto,and Hurricane Lake was added last year, Durr said.

The dumpster activity is funded through a grant from theDepartment of Environmental Quality. Durr said the funding hasgradually increased through the years.

“This year, we expanded it to all the districts,” Durr said.

While dumpster-related cleanup work is doing well, the annual”Gold in the Litter” campaign is going a little slow, saidcoordinator Jane Kees. In the campaign, colored eggs containingcoupons for prizes are hidden in roadside litter for citizens tofind while cleaning up the mess.

“We’ve had a few eggs found,” Kees said.

Approximately 40 eggs have been hidden across the county. Prizesthis year include items like two $50 savings bonds, dinners tolocal restaurants and coupons for prizes at other localbusinesses.

Kees said the first egg was found on Jackson-Liberty Road by afamily who routinely picks up trash along a mile of the road.Members of Girl Scout Troop 108 found an egg Monday as they cleanedup along the railroad tracks in downtown Brookhaven.

“We’re doing our yearly cleanup in preparation for the Tour ofHomes,” said Scout Leader Celeste Carty, referring to the April 24event.

People who find an egg can turn it into the chancery clerk’soffice to claim their prize. Kees said eggs need to be redeemed byApril 30.

“We’re here to receive the eggs,” said Chancery Clerk TillmonBishop. “We’re taking care of the eggs and we’re taking care of theprizes.”