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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - No city wants to be called trashy, but there is a lot of litter on Albany streets. Friday, elected officials and public employees kicked off a two day stash the trash event, to clean it all up.

They're setting an example and hoping you'll follow to get tons of trash off the streets. It's a lesson most of us learned in grade school, don't throw litter on the ground. A lesson a lot of people apparently forgot.

"People just don't take care of their community and it's a great thing that we're out here cleaning it up and I'm very proud to be part of the effort here," said Andrea Brown.

An effort that's desperately needed. As public employees and elected officials spread out around downtown, they had their work cut out for them. Patricia Thornton said the litter surprised her.  She said, "It really does. It really does."

Dozens, if not hundreds of bottles litter this lot on Highland Avenue. Thornton said, "It makes you sick because this is awful." The point of stashing all this trash, is to bring awareness to folks that there's a problem, one that doesn't need to be repeated.

Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Director Judy Bowles said, "It's out there, notice it's out there and help us not put it out there." Thornton said, "It shows pride. It shows pride in your city, pride in your county and that you want everything to look as good as it possibly can in the place where you live, somewhere you can be proud of."

And not be known as a trashy town. A record number of volunteers have signed up to pick up trash tomorrow, almost 2,000. If you want to help, just go to the 2600 block of Rosebrier Saturday morning at nine.

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