'Stash the Trash' set for weekend

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Local government officials and employees will join thousands of volunteers this weekend in an effort to beautify the city.

The 19th Annual "Stash the Trash" event will begin with a government cleanup at the Central Square Complex downtown around 9 a.m. Friday. The main event will begin Saturday morning at sites across the city, Judy Bowles, director of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, said. In total, 83 teams will be picking up trash citywide.

Reminding the Dougherty County Commission about the event Monday, Bowles said that more than 2,400 people had registered to participate, and she "expect(s) to see several faces sitting at this table there as well."

"I believe that it's important for government leaders to show through example that maintaining a clean community is an important quality-of-life issue," Bowles said. "A clean city is tied directly to economic development and crime prevention, and I'm just thrilled that we have so many people willing to come forward and help."

Those wishing to participate who haven't yet registered can still call Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful at (229) 430-5257 or show up at the 100 block of Lexington Drive Saturday ready to pick up trash.