Bowles: Three tons of garbage pulled from Flint (VIDEO INCLUDED)

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga.: The head of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful said that program volunteers had now eclipsed 1 million hours of community service, which included a recent effort to beautify the Flint River that resulted in nearly three tons of debris and garbage being removed from the river.

In her annual report to the Dougherty County Commission, Bowles pointed to the program's accomplishments over the last 12 months which included hosting popular existing events like electronics recycling day and the "Stash the Trash" litter pickup, with new partnerships including Operation Pill Drop which netted more than 300 pounds of unwanted or unneeded prescriptions.

Bowles said that from July 2009 through June 2010, KADB played host to 91,287 participants in their various programs with 34,555 volunteers. Those volunteers, she says, contributed 243,685 hours of environmental service.

"Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful is, in reality, your constituents," Bowles told commissioners. "They are the ones who are doing the volunteering and are doing the participating in these events and making them so successful. Without them we couldn't do it."

As local government officials have sought to trim any remaining fat from their budgets, KADB has found themselves having to justify their existence in the eyes of both the city and the county commission.

While the county pays the majority of KADB's budget through the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund, the city provides in-kind services on a variety of levels.

Bowles also told commissioners that Thursday she will accept, on behalf of the county, a first-place award from the Department of Community Affairs for the program.

Bowles discusses KADB