Large turnout expected for Earth Day
by Rory Doyle
Apr 11, 2013 | 1749 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local leaders are continuing the effort to keep Cleveland and Bolivar County clean, and the movement is heating up in anticipation of Earth Day 2013.

The Cleveland-Bolivar County Earth Day occurs every April in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

This year's event will be held Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with support from the Cleveland Public Works and the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce

While the rest of the world celebrates Earth Day on April 22, the MDEQ could only be scheduled for support this weekend.

The state organization will assist with taking away hazardous and chemical-based items not normally accepted by CPW.

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

"We're expecting a big turnout since our recycling program has taken off," said Bell. "We want everyone to come out and make it a successful Cleveland-Bolivar County Earth Day."

Citizens are encouraged to bring their normal recyclables to the bins on the north side of the old train depot building downtown or the Public Works building on Old Miss. Highway 61 behind Baxter.

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

MDEQ will be on site with disposal trucks to take the items away.

Recyclables normally accepted include plastic bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, mixed paper, plastic bags and cardboard boxes.

Several organizations will help with pickup around the city, including the Cleveland Noon Lions Club and the Delta State University football team.

The city is also taking part in Keep America Beautiful's Great American Clean-Up, the nation's largest community improvement program.

Anne Dilworth with the chamber said the event begins at the gazebo downtown around 8 a.m. Saturday.

Clevelanders and county residents will be given garbage bags and gloves for the volunteer pickups.

Participants will be assigned certain cleanup areas.

The platform takes place every year from March 1 through May 31 and involves more than 3 million global volunteers and participants.

Great American Clean-Up activities include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, holding recycling collections, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.

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