Albany -- Albany and Dougherty County community leaders hit the streets to pick up litter Friday morning.
Saturday is the 20th annual Stash the Trash litter pick up day in Albany. More than 18-hundred volunteers signed up to take part in the community clean up.
Friday elected officials saw first hand how much this program is needed. City of Albany commissioners and employees admit they were shocked by the trash in a lot in the 300 block of West Highland, just a block from the Civic Center.
City Commissioner Jon Howard said "saturated with debris, trash of that magnitude. And it certainly doesn't look good for the city."
Dozens of beer bottles and food packs and wrappers filled the grass and the alley. Howard said "it certainly is a health issue."
Sheriff Jamil Saba picked up litter in front of the Government Center. Saba said "it's a shame people let their trash go like this. "
To publicize Saturday's Stash the Trash community drive, city and county officials took the first step. Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles said "they are setting the example for the rest of the community."
18 hundred people have signed up already to work in the community clean up day Saturday. City Manager Al Lott said "lottery tickets, beer cans, gum wrappers, snicker wrappers."
The City Manager found litter right in front of his offices. Lott said "even though the city is a fairly clean looking place, when you walk around, all that litter starts to jump up at you."
Last year volunteers cleaned 76 miles of roadways in Dougherty County, picking up 50 tons of debris. More volunteers have signed up for this year's event, and organizers say the community can use the clean up.
If you want to help Stash the Trash, meet at Central Street and Mulberry Avenue at 9 AM.