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Volunteers ‘get dirty’ for clean-up [with gallery]

The Covington County ‘Don’t Drop It On Alabama’ clean-up initiative started Friday morning as several companies and volunteers, coordinated by the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce and Opp Area Chamber of Commerce, picked up trash on Hwy. 84, and in other areas of the county.

Covington County EMA Assistant Director Frank Shaffer is coordinating the county’s effort.

Teams from PowerSouth, CCB Community Bank, CDG Engineers, Covington County 4-H, and Charles Dixon and Co. tackled litter across the county.

PowerSouth has donated vests for volunteers to use as a safety measure, the Alabama Department of Transportation and the sheriff’s department had trucks for safety and Bailey’s Pharmacy was hand in case anyone had an allergic reaction.

The spring clean-up started yesterday, but area residents are encouraged to continue the effort through next week, specifically:

  • Sat., April 21 and Sun., April 22 – “Weekend Winners”- encouraging residents to set aside time on the holiday weekend to clean up their areas.
  • Mon., April 23 – “Miracle Mile Makers”- all groups work on a mile of their choosing.
  • Tue., April 24 – “Truck Route Takedown”- groups will work on the truck routes in their areas.
  • Wed., April 25 – “What does my property look like?”- individuals area encouraged to look at their own property and work on “neighbor to neighbor clean up,” cleaning upa their property from one neighbor to the next.
  • Thu., April 26 – “Through Town”-teams will make an effort to walk through town and do a pick-up to beautify their city or town.
  • Fri., April 27 – “For Our Friends Friday”, teams will try to find an area outside of the area they signed up for, to help their neighboring communities with this effort.
  • Sat., April 28 – “Grand Slam Saturday”, teams finishing up the week with a Home Run of pick-up, covering parks, churches, and local school campuses.