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Annual cleanup slated in county

Spring cleaning will be a little easier this season, thanks to the upcoming Lincoln County Great American Cleanup.

This year’s cleanup begins April 6 with a special hazardous waste collection event.

Citizens are encouraged to bring items that cannot be disposed of in standard trash collection to the Brookhaven city landfill on County Farm Road next Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Items accepted include paint, oil, pesticides, chemicals, aerosol cans and batteries among others. Commercial and business items will not be accepted.

“We don’t want this stuff ending up in our backyards, streams or even landfills,” Homer Richardson, board member for Keep Lincoln County Beautiful, said Thursday.

Richardson explained funds obtained through a grant from the Department of Environmental Quality allowed the cleanup board to bring in individuals trained in handling hazardous materials to properly dispose of such items that can often be difficult for the average person to discard.

Subsequent to the hazardous waste cleanup, the annual Dumpster Days will provide locations for disposing items such as furniture, mattresses and refrigerators.

Richardson emphasized that hazardous material will not be accepted at the dumpsters.

The receptacles will be set up at Monticello Street east of County Farm Road April 11-14; Newman Road and Old Highway 51, April 18-21; Highway 51 and Brister Street, April 25-28; Jackson-Liberty Road and West Lincoln Drive, May 2-5; and James Case’s store on California Road, May 9-12.

The local events are in coordination with Mississippi’s Great American Cleanup campaign and the Keep America Beautiful foundation.

For more information visit the web site at www.homerrichardson.com/klcb/.

“This is a beautiful state,” Richardson said.

“Sometimes we forget how easy it is to trash it.”