Public Works readies for annual Earth Day
by Courtney Warren
Apr 09, 2014 | 2180 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland and Bolivar County will be cleaner and brighter after Earth Day.

The Cleveland-Bolivar County Earth Day occurs every April in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and is scheduled for this Saturday at Cleveland Public Works.

Citizens are encouraged to bring their normal recyclables to the bins recently placed on North Bayou Avenue across from Atmos Engery.

With the growth of Cleveland's recycling program this year, Cleveland Public Works Director Ray Bell is look forward to strong participation.

"We've been having Earth Day for about 14 years and I think we'll have a good turnout. We recycle waste from the whole county and not just Cleveland so we're expecting a good turnout," he said.

In addition to the large site at Cleveland Public works, Bell said satellite stations would also be set up at Cleveland High School, East Side High School and the Cleveland Medical Mall so residents can drop off old tires, chemicals, paint, oil and appliances — all of which are not accepted at city recycling bins.

Public works employees and volunteers will begin accepting items at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Bell said they would not take medical waste, household garbage, or tree limbs.

While national Earth Day is April 22, Cleveland will celebrate early.

Cleveland Public Works puts in extra work early last year to ensure the solid waste assistance grant would be in place for this year's Earth Day.

With the money, Bell explained public works is able to take the items that are normally not recycled back to a refinery.

"We pay for the collection of all your chemicals that we take in on Earth Day, like tires, batteries, paint, and different chemicals. They'll take them back to a refinery. It pays for it to be picked up and disposed of," said Bell.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has awarded Cleveland a solid waste assistance grant of $20,000 that will be used by the city for Earth Day on Saturday.

“The Solid Waste Assistance Grants support a variety of useful solid waste management activities for cities and counties, and this grant will assist Cleveland’s efforts in improving their management of solid waste,” said Trudy D. Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director according to a press release.

For more information on the universal Earth Day movement, visit www.earthday.org.