Community leaders looking to clean up litter around county

By LEA RIZZO
Posted 4/11/18

A group of Walker County residents and community leaders are working to clean up the county through projects such as a statewide spring cleanup that will be held later this month.The group held an …

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Community leaders looking to clean up litter around county

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A group of Walker County residents and community leaders are working to clean up the county through projects such as a statewide spring cleanup that will be held later this month.

The group held an informal meeting Tuesday morning at the courthouse annex and included Walker County Commission chairman Jerry Bishop, Jerome Nunn and Brenda Robinson from the town of Sipsey, Walker Area Community Foundation president Paul Kennedy, Katherine Patton from Walker County Soil and Water, former commissioner Bobby Nunnelley, Keith Duncan with Walker County Solid Waste and Janet Adams-Clayton with the commission's office staff.

Among discussions of the best ways to curb Walker County's litter problem, meeting attendees spoke about the "Don't Drop It on Alabama" statewide cleanup, set for April 21 through 28.

"This garbage [problem], it didn't just start yesterday. It's been going on a long time," Nunnelley said. "If we don't do something about it ourselves, then it's not going to get done. We can sit here and talk about it, but if we don't take any action, then it's not going to get done."

He said it will be important to get people in each district and community involved in the cleanup effort, "or else how are we going to get it done?"

Nunnelley and Patton both encouraged the idea of working with the Walker County and Jasper City school boards and talking to students, as a way of making them conscious of littering and the harm it does to the county. Patton also said that these lessons need to be something that involve students throughout their time in the school system, and not just target young children.

Another way to cut down on littering, Nunnelley said, is to keep a plastic bag in your car and put trash in it then throw it all away at one time. "There's little things people can do" that will help, he added.

"This isn't a quick fix," Bishop said. "We can get together and talk about it ... but we need to do something once we get together," instead of remaining inactive.

For more information on the cleanup, visit www.alpals.org.