ALBANY, GA (WALB) - On Friday, April 21, 2017, city and county employees took to the streets of Downtown Albany for the annual Stash-the-Trash event.
Whether if it was their first time or their thirtieth time, participants all had the same purpose which was to keep Albany-Dougherty beautiful.
"Beauty dies where litter lies," Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director said.
With grabbers and trash bags in hand, 200 city and county employees scattered throughout Albany. The first Stash the Trash event since the January storms.
"There's a lot more litter out there and because of the storms, people are noticing it more," Bowles said.
And there was plenty to pick up, from empty drink bottles to an abandoned shopping cart.
"Picking up your litter isn't fun, what makes it fun is the group that you're with, and the stories that you share while you walk, but we find some of everything," Bowles said.
Albany Police Chief Michael Persley and 20 of his officers were picking up trash Friday morning.
"We're trying to bring back the appeal in Downtown Albany, so everybody has their part to do when they can get involved just to keep their area clean," Persley said.
Chief Persley said his department is always looking for those littering.
"Normally, we want them to clean it up, but if we do catch you littering there could be fines," Persley mentioned.
Albany resident Joi Brown told WALB News 10 that this was her third time participating in Stash-the-Trash.
"I come back to volunteer every year because it's just amazing to help the community and keep it clean," Brown said.
Brown has noticed a difference in the area within the last several years.
"I am just astonished by how clean it is lately," Brown added.
Even the younger ones got involved in the cleanup. Those with Albany's Baby World Day Care Center picked up trash around Turtle Park.
"Start them when they're young and then they're going to tell their peers in the neighborhood that you're a litterbug, don't litter," Bowles said.
Everyone is invited to Saturday's community-wide cleanup day.
Those interested should meet at the corner of Cason Road and Silica Drive at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Over 2,000 volunteers have signed up for this weekend's event.
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