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Annual cleanup days return to Lincoln County

Lincoln County supervisors are gearing up for the annual Keep Lincoln County Beautiful Spring Cleanup, a three-day event that will occur each weekend in April.

The annual monthlong cleanup is designed so that trailers are available for three days in each district, but residents are not limited to use of the collection sites in their own district, said Lincoln County Solid Waste coordinator Bob Knight.

Residential rubbish will be allowed, but no commercial rubbish or hazardous waste will be accepted. The county will not host a hazardous waste day this year, said county administrator David Fields. While the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality awarded a grant that is used for the Keep Lincoln County Beautiful Spring Cleanup, Lincoln County did not receive a grant for a hazardous waste day as it has in the past, he said.

No paint, oil or other hazardous waste will be accepted at the collection sites, Knight said. No scavenging will be allowed.

Collection sites for household rubbish will be set up in the following locations.

• District 1: April 2-4 at Jack Morris Gas at the intersection of Hwy. 84 and Hwy. 583.

• District 2: April 9-11 at Industrial Park Road at the old Keystone ballpark.

• District 3: April 16-18 at Jack Morris Gas at the intersection of Hwy. 84 and Hwy. 583.

• District 4: April 23-25 at K&S at the intersection of West Lincoln Road and Jackson-Liberty Road.

• District 5: April 30-May 2 at Case Grocery at the intersection of California Road and Hilltop Lane.

District 1 and District 3 will both have collection sites at Jack Morris Gas.

Workers will be on site from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday in April.

Knight said nearly 600,000 pounds of rubbish was collected in 2019 with 130,000 pounds of recyclables collected.

The annual event is made possible from a $24,879 solid waste assistance grant awarded from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The grant is also used by the county for an unauthorized dumpsite cleanup program. The county also received from MDEQ a $50,000 two-year waste tire grant to continue the local waste tire collection program for small quantity generators of waste tires.

Funding for waste tire grants is provided by a waste tire account funded from a fee charged on the wholesale sale of every new motor vehicle tire sold in Mississippi. This fee provides the funds to ensure and encourage the proper management and disposal of waste tires, said Brittney Miller, special projects officer with MDEQ.