State, county litter cleanups set for April

By ED HOWELL
Posted 2/18/19

The Alabama PALS Spring Clean Up will be held statewide on April 20-27, according to County Administrator Robbie Dickerson.

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State, county litter cleanups set for April

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The Alabama PALS Spring Clean Up will be held statewide on April 20-27, according to County Administrator Robbie Dickerson. 

Dickerson made the announcement at a work session for the Walker County Commission last week. The next regular meeting will be today at 9:30 a.m. in the commission chambers, as it was delayed a day due to the Presidents Day holiday.

Volunteers are needed from citizens, organizations, businesses, churches, youth groups and families. Bags are being furnished for the local and state events by Alabama PALS. 

"We would like each district to give us a volunteer for your district to help" with the cleanup, Chairman Jerry Bishop told other commissioners at the meeting. Janet Adams-Clayton, the human resources coordinator and a payroll official with the commission office, will help the volunteers, but is stepping down from chairing the effort this year.

Dickerson said getting an employee from each department would be a good idea. She said some from solid waste are needed in terms of coordinating the trucks to pick up the trash. 

District 4 Commissioner Steven Aderholt said he knew a number of citizens who would also like to help as volunteers.

Commissioner 1 Commissioner Keith Davis passed around a photo showing one day's litter collection in his district, with bags of litter filling the back of a truck.

Dickerson also asked for a commissioner, possibly one with an educator for a wife, who could volunteer to contact schools to solicit participation in poster and art contests promoting the litter cleanup and educate students about litter. All the commissioners said they would help with the schools in their districts. 

She said People Against a Littered State (PALS) sponsors the contests, offering a $200 first-place prize for each. The poster contest, which has the 2019 theme "Let's Go Green in 2019," is for Grades K-6, while the recycled art contest for Grades 7-12 is using the theme, "Make a Scene" in 2019. All first-, second- and third-place winners will be recognized at the Annual Governor's Awards Luncheon in November. 

"The younger you start working with these people, these children, they do better. They will tell you not to" litter, Bishop said. 

District 2 Commissioner Jeff Burrough suggested getting donations for larger prizes in the contests. Commissioners indicated they would be willing to donate, although the commissioners were unclear first on whether prizes are being given out countywide or by school. 

Aderholt suggested a small amount of revenue from solid waste could be used to restart a recycling program for the county. Bishop said he has already asked questions in the past about the program.

Anyone wanting more information at this time about the litter cleanup effort or the contests may call the commission office at 205-384-7230.