COVINGTON — The first Covington Cares Community Cleanup of 2019 was held Saturday morning in the Green Acres neighborhood off Petty Street, with 8.5 tons of trash and 84 tires hauled off.

Almost two dozen people, including elected officials, city staff, and a group from Harvest Baptist Church, came out to pick up trash off the streets and rights of way, while city workers hauled away several truckloads of furniture, appliances and other items that residents on the street had placed on the curb.

Covington Cares Community Cleanup is a way to help remove trash intended for the landfill that has found its way into city neighborhoods

“Our Covington Cares Community Cleanup days have been a great success,” said Mayor Ronnie Johnston. “Our goal is to help create a clean and beautiful community, one neighborhood at a time, but we can’t do it alone. We need help from the community, and this is an excellent opportunity for citizens to get involved.”

The event was advertised in advance in the Green Acres neighborhood to give residents there time to clean old furniture, appliances, and other items out of their homes and place them on the curb for pickup. Three Covington sanitation trucks spent the day picking up the junk while volunteers walked the streets and filled garbage bags full of trash found along and just off the roadways. It was estimated that the time spent by the sanitation workers and truck usage cost the city $4,000.

Covington tries to have two community cleanup days a year, one in the spring/summer months and one in the fall/winter months.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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