Keep Mercer Clean: A very important campaign begins on Sunday | Opinion


The eighth annual Love Where You Live, Keep Mercer County Clean campaign kicks off Sunday and runs through Saturday, April 30. The six-week spring cleaning initiative is a great way for area citizens to help remove unwanted trash and debris from their neighborhoods, job sites and roads.

Public participation in the campaign is strongly encouraged as we work to clear the unwanted trash and debris that has become a blight on our beautiful county. Unfortunately, a lot of trash was illegally dumped in the area during the winter and fall months, and the pandemic has also limited public participation in spring cleanup efforts in 2021 and 2020.

So there is a lot of work to do this year. Volunteer participation is strongly encouraged.

Area schools will also participate in this year’s campaign, according to event coordinator Greg Puckett. He says cards are being sent to all students to take home and coloring books for students in kindergarten to grade 5 have also been given out.

Free Trash Disposal Days will be offered this year on Saturday April 2 and Saturday April 9 at Lashmeet/Matoaka School and Brushfork School; Saturday April 16 and Saturday April 25 at PikeView High School and Oakvale School; and Saturday, April 30 at the Spanishburg school.

Additionally, a free dump day will be held at the Mercer County landfill on Wednesday, April 13, and free tire disposal will be offered at the landfill on Friday, April 1 and Friday, April 15.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for area residents to help out over the next two weeks, as a number of trash pick-up events are planned for the various cities, towns and communities.

However, anyone can participate by cleaning up around their home, yard, streets and neighborhood. We should all love where we live and strive to keep it free of unwanted trash, trash and litter.

The key element of the campaign each year is the participation of volunteers. The more citizens who come out to their respective communities each spring to help pick up trash and trash, the better the results for the region.

Please participate in this year’s Keep Mercer County Clean campaign. Together we can make a positive difference.


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