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Spring cleaning

Published 12:23pm Thursday, April 11, 2013

‘Everybody do your share,’ is a lyric from a popular cleaning up song for children, but it’s a mandate local communities can follow by joining with efforts by Alabama PALS.

PALS – People Against a Littered State – are once again promoting the “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” spring cleanup, encouraging people to go out into their communities to remove trash and litter, and the county and local municipalities are getting on board.

“I’m going to get the fliers out to the neighborhoods in my district,” said Dadeville City Councilwoman Pat Potts. “My district is part of going toward the softball fields as well, so there’s a lot of litter that could be picked up.”

Dadeville is touting the program as “Bee Clean,” and groups and organizations will be out in full force April 20 from 7 a.m. to noon. Groups can register by calling 256-825-9242. They will be assigned a specific cleanup area, and litter should be returned to city hall following cleanup.

“We’ve got some areas in town that are – for lack of a better word – nasty,” said councilman Mickey Tarpley.

Tarpley said he thinks the city is taking action to remedy the problem.

Tallapoosa County Commissioner Emma Jean Thweatt said she encourages her district to get involved and “clean up their own neighborhoods, if nothing else.”

“We do it every year,” Thweatt said. “I’ve already carried Camp Hill the bags and some of the literature … I got them a dumpster so they can have a place to put their trash.”

Camp Hill is planning a concerted effort for April 26, Thweatt said.

Special bags for the trash should be located at each county shop.

“This year is going to be the largest (cleanup) ever,” said Jeannine Wilder, PALS Chapter Development Coordinator.

She said 62 out of 67 counties are participating, from commission and municipalities to civic clubs and school groups.

“It’s the whole gamut of society that’s participating,” Wilder said. “You can never give up. Then you’ve lost.”

For more information about the clean up, call your council or county commission representative.