Honor Mother Nature by cleaning
by Denise Strub and Stedman Hunter
Apr 08, 2013 | 4518 views | 0 0 comments | 204 204 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the past few months, Cleveland officials and residents have focused their attention on creating a better environment for themselves and those around them.

On Saturday the entire county will have an opportunity to join in the movement through Earth Day.

Cleveland will also be participating in the Great American Clean-Up.

As in past years, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and volunteers will be on hand at Cleveland Public Works to take recyclables and hazard items.

In addition, there will be stations at several other locations.

“We will have disposal trucks at Cleveland High School, East Side High School and at the Medical Mall for everyone to drop off any waste or anything they would like to recycle,” said Cleveland Public Works Director Ray Bell.

Bell said Earth Day begins at 8 a.m. and is expected to last until 2 p.m.

“We have many organizations such as Cleveland Noon Lions Club and Delta State University football team who will help us in cleaning up trash around the city. The American Clean-Up event is not limited to Cleveland’s residents but is designed for the entire county to join and lend a helping hand.”

“We are funded by the Mississippi Department of Environment Quality who will handle all chemicals people may bring in. People may bring in anything, such as paint, oil, chemicals, appliances, paper and old computers,” said Bell.

Members of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce’s Mosquito-Litter Control Board said they anticipate a great Earth Day.

Cleveland has been conducting a recycling program for over two months and it has grown by leaps and bounds.

Bell told the mayor and board of aldermen recently that Delta State University and Baxter are now participating in the city’s recycling efforts and he expects more businesses to jump on the bandwagon.

Dr. Barry Campbell at the Mosquito-Litter meeting said Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to dispose of items, which aid in the breeding of mosquitos.

Campbell said what needs to be discarded first is old tires.

“You want to make mosquitos, you use a tire,” he said, adding tires are used by researchers for just that purpose.

“Now is the time to get rid of those tires,” emphasized Campbell, as he mentioned warmer weather conditions in the forecast.

For more information on Earth Day, contact Bell at 662-843-5365.