Great American Clean-up collects over 800 bags of trash

Steena Hymes

April 28, 2014

The nation’s largest annual clean-up event brought residents from all of Troup County out to participate in Saturday’s Keep Troup Beautiful Great American Clean-up Celebration.

Starting at 9 a.m., participants went to their respective sites in LaGrange, Hogansville and West Point to clean up trash for three to four hours.

LaGrange’s celebration was hosted in the old K-Mart parking lot on Commerce Avenue.

Though Saturday marks the annual clean-up day, the event actually began March 1 and continues until May 15.

According to Keep Troup Beautiful Executive Director, Doris Jefferson, the event usually has 1,500-2,000 people participate throughout the several months.

Jefferson reported 57 bags of trash were collected in LaGrange on Saturday and just over 740 bags have been collected since March 1.

Thomas Scott reported that West Point brought out about 20 people and 20 bags were collected.

Hogansville’s numbers have not yet been reported.

Keep Troup Beautiful is one of 15,00o communities across the nation that participate in this event according to Jefferson.

Jefferson their mission is litter prevention, recycling, and beautification.

The organization started in 1992 and has been involved in annual clean-up since 1993.

“To me it’s very important,” Donna Garrison, third year volunteer, said. “This is God’s world and we’re just destroying it with trash.”

The day’s celebration included raffles, presentation of certifications and gifts awarded to the strangest item found and most trash bags collected.

Commissioner Buck Davis won $20 for most trash bags collected among small groups and Long Cane Middle School Junior Beta Club won $50 for most bags collected among large groups. The group collected 20 bags.

Long Cane Junior Beta Club also won $25 for most unusual item by finding a snake.

Other items awarded in the raffle were tote bags, gift baskets and gift certificates.

Other participants in the clean-up included Callaway High School, Kiwanis Club, Rosemont Elementary, Gardner Newman Middle School and LaGrange Memorial Library.