Thursday, March 31, 2011
Hudsonville takes lead in county cleanup
By SUE WATSON
The successful second annual Hudsonville spring cleanup March 19 has inspired supervisors to offer help with supplies and trash pickup to other like-minded communities.
The county board, including supervisor Eddie Dixon who has assisted with the Hudsonville cleanup each year in his district, has offered plastic bags to any community organizers who want to clean off the sides of the road and the ditches. Supervisors will pick up the bags to boot.
This effort coincides with the Great American Cleanup of Mississippi, Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Keep Byhalia Beautiful and spring cleanup in Marshall County scheduled for April 4-18. Roll-off containers will be stationed at their usual places throughout the county for household goods, furniture and the like. No household garbage, chemicals, paints, poisons or corrosive materials should be placed in the roll-off containers.
Supervisors may be contacted directly or by calling 662-252-7903 and leaving a message for the supervisor with the county administrator’s office.
The town of Byhalia has designated April as the month to clean up the city. Volunteers for the Byhalia cleanup may call 662-838-2135 to coordinate work.
“Saturday (March 19) was a great and successful Hudsonville Community Cleanup,” said Suzanne Langley, with Seine Communications and coordinator for the Hudsonville environmental movement. “The event is registered as participating in the Great American Cleanup, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, and by the state by Keep Mississippi Beautiful.”
The success of the second annual Hudsonville cleanup is attributed to neighbors who are willing to invest some time once a year to clean up garbage that is thrown on the roadside.
“We have enjoyed the support of our county supervisor, Eddie Dixon, both years in getting the garbage we pick up to the dump, so we can concentrate on cleaning the four roads we target,” Langley said. “We have benefitted from registering with the Great American Cleanup and received promotional materials and garbage bags for our cleanup.”
Twenty-five residents turned out March 19 to participate. They include teachers, Girl Scouts, farmers, moms, dads, retirees, a baker and several canine friends and neighbors.
“The weather couldn't have been better,” Langley added. “It was slightly cool and overcast in the morning and sunny as we wrapped up our work around 11 a.m.,” Langley said.
Roads cleaned included Highway 313, Russom Road, Holland Road, and Old Hudsonville Road – a little more than eight miles covered.
Based on the estimated trucks and trailer tonnage used to carry the loads to the dump, the group estimates they picked up four tons of trash - less this year than the first year.
“That’s a good thing,” said Langley. “Our more usual finds included an old television, two $20 bills, a cow skull and a diploma.”
The group ended the day with door prizes and lots of goodwill.
“Everyone left happy and the roads into and around Hudsonville were beautiful, clear of trash and so the spring flowers could easily be seen,” Langley said. “One of our neighbors said in teaching his students about picking up litter, ‘I tell them everything they throw out the window will show up in their glass of water, eventually.’ I couldn’t have said it better.
“The neighborhood cleanups are a great way to work together to stop littering, meet your neighbors, and learn what is happening around the neighborhood.”
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