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Volunteers join efforts in Lawrence cleanup

May. 04, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

PROCTORVILLE -- Nearly 40 people picked up about 70 bags of trash along the four-mile stretch of road between Chesapeake and Proctorville on Saturday morning during the first day of the Lawrence County-Wide Cleanup.

Volunteers spread throughout the county in seven townships including Rome, Union, Fayette, Perry, Upper, Lawrence and Elizabeth.

The event was organized by the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, a partner of Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful, which is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc.

Billie Smith is the president of Operation TLC in Lawrence County, and she said Saturday's event was the second cleanup that volunteers from the group have been involved in six weeks. During the last cleanup, she said they collected enough trash to fill up 270 bags along that same stretch of road.

She said students from Fairland and Chesapeake high schools also joined in on the cleanup Saturday.

"We are just trying to encourage people to take pride in the community, and this is one way we can do it," said Smith. "When we hear about a cleanup anywhere else in the Tri-State it is an inspiration for us, and we hope that the cleanups in the whole area serve as a way for us to feed each other and encourage each other -- that by doing this it becomes contagious and makes a huge improvement in the area where we live."

The cleanup will continue as trash dumpsters will be set out for county residents to drop off household items on Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7, at the corner of Grant and Elizabeth Streets in Proctorville and on Saturday, May 11, at the Perry Township Fire Station.

For more information, visit www.lsswmd.org.

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