County praises cleanup efforts

Published 9:35 am Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Escambia County Commissioners praised citizens in the county for their efforts in helping to rid the roadsides of litter and debris during the recent cleanup campaign.

The Escambia County Commission helped bring attention to a statewide cleanup effort dubbed “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” as part of the People Against a Littered State’s ongoing campaign. The official span for the campaign ended April 24.

Commissioner Larry White, joined by other commissioners, said the campaign was successful throughout the county.

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“I want to thank everyone that took part in the cleanup efforts,” White said. “People really took some pride in the county and got some cleanup done. It was a wonderful effort of the people.”

Commissioner Raymond Wiggins commended those who participated in the cleanup of the district he represents.

“I’m pleased with the turnout of people in District 1,” Wiggins said. “The roll-offs were filled several times on Saturday. We had bags up and down the road that had been filled with litter. I spent three hours Saturday evening picking up bags. I applaud the people who really got out and worked hard.”

Commissioners Brandon Smith and David Quarker said cleanup in the east end of the county was also busy during the appointed time for cleanup.

“We had good success,” Quarker said. “We even have a section we want to do in the Adopt-A-Mile program.”

Smith said he appreciated the work done by volunteers who put forth an effort to help rid the county roadways of debris.

“We are pleased with the way things went during this campaign,” Smith said. “We hope that people will continue to take pride in the county and work to keep our roadways clean.”

Although the campaign ended Sunday, White said he hopes the feeling of pride in a clean county will continue among residents.

“We hope that people will continue to take pride in how clean the county looks in areas where volunteers cleaned,” White said. “We’d like to see people join in the Adopt-A-Mile program to continue keeping the area clean.”

White said those individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that would like to take responsibility in keeping portions of the county roadways clean will receive some assistance in their efforts.

“Anyone that volunteers to join the Adopt-A-Mile program will get a little help and recognition for their efforts,” White said. “We will provide bags for litter and we will also make sure the bags are picked up once they are filled. We can even have a sign with their name erected to mark their mile. We want to do what we can to encourage continued cleanup efforts.”

To contact White or any other commissioner concerning the Adopt-A-Mile program, contact the Escambia County Commission office in Brewton at 867-0300.