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Local government keeps streets clean ahead of Saturday's 'Stash the Trash'

A couple hundred City of Albany and Dougherty County employees collected litter Friday morning. / Mary Green

Several Albany streets are now litter-free after local government lent a hand to a community cleanup.

A couple hundred City of Albany and Dougherty County employees and leaders set out on foot Friday morning to pick up trash ahead of Earth Day on Saturday and in conjunction with “Keep Georgia Beautiful Month.”

They covered a large area downtown, from Roosevelt to Whitney and between Jefferson and the Flint River. They also got to chat with new people from other departments and neighbors where they worked.

“Everybody’s out," said Recreations & Parks Supervisor Tee Taylor. "When you walk past them, they’re speaking [to you]. When they’re driving by, they blow their horn. It was just great, getting out and supporting our downtown today, cleaning up.”

Even more volunteers will be out for the 30th annual “Stash the Trash” event on Saturday. Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Director Judy Bowles said in that time, they’ve collected about 3 million pounds of litter.

Anyone who wants to volunteer with tomorrow’s event can meet at 9 a.m. at the 900 block of S. Cason St. and the corner of Silica Dr. for a neighborhood cleanup. Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful will supply trash bags and gloves.

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