Countywide, 82 tons of trash picked up

Published 12:01 am Thursday, March 19, 2015

Since last May, 82 tons of litter have been picked up on Covington County roads.

That doesn’t include state roads, or roads inside the county’s municipalities. And it’s not enough for Janice Castleberry, the self-proclaimed “trash lady,” who heads the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce’s People Against a Littered State program.

Mrs. Castleberry appeared at Tuesday’s county commission meeting, along with Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Chrissie Duffy and Covington County 4-H director Catherine Estis seeking support for the county’s “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” spring clean-up campaign. Commissioners approved a proclamation in support.

County engineer Darren Capps explained that the 82 tons of refuse collected includes 3,900 bags of litter and 88 tires.

The clean-up project is funded with an ADEM grant of $100,000 per year. The grant covers a truck and an employee, and the county works three inmates as well.

“We try, but 1,300 miles of county roads is a lot to keep up,” Capps said.

The City of Florala has a clean-up day planned this Sat., March 21. The City of Andalusia will hold a similar day in April.