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Litter clean up planning nears end

Pick it up Picayune will kick off this Saturday and every community member is invited to join the effort.

There will be door prizes available to those who participate in the clean up. The clean up kick off will take place March 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garbage bags, gloves and devices to pick up the trash will be issued to those who choose to participate, said Nancy Griffin, Pick it up Picayune president.

“Service to the community is the price you pay for the space you occupy,” Griffin said.

Griffin said the effort will not be looking to clean up large items such as construction debris, instead volunteers will focus on the smaller items such as paper, bottles, cans and other small litter.

After the clean-up effort, residents are invited to join in the festivities scheduled to take place at City Hall from 2 p.m. till. There will be fellowship with Kristian Booth, Bailey Hinton, First Baptist Church Men’s Mission Ensemble, Reagan Melancon-Abney and Pilgrim Bound Baptist Church.

During the festivities, the door prizes will be awarded to those who participated in the clean up effort. Griffin said if any other businesses would like to donate door prizes for the effort they can call 601-798-8591. So far, Home Depot has donated a stainless-steel gas grill valued at about $500 and a reciprocating saw by Ryobi.

During the clean-up effort, recyclable items can be taken to: Picayune Industries will take newspapers, aluminum cans and Mardi Gras beads; Goodwill Industries will take shoes, clothing and books; Habitat for Humanity will take good building supplies, paints and household items; Picayune Animal Shelter will take aluminum cans; Wal-Mart will take up to three gallons of used oil and old batteries; JCC Environmental will accept batteries, oil and plastic bags; Radio Shack will accept rechargeable batteries; Winn Dixie will accept plastic bags; Jr. Auxiliary will accept coats and school uniforms; Civic Woman’s Club will accept aluminum can pull tabs; Crosby Library will accept used and new books and magazines, and used tires can be brought to city hall and old appliances can be set to the side of the road for the city to pick up at a later time.

A map of the dumpster locations can be found at http://www.picayune.ms.us/dumpster/Dumpsters.htm.