KADB gets ready for Stash-the-Trash

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga.-- More than 2,700 volunteers are gearing up for one of the area's largest litter removal operations of the year, officials say.

Organized by Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful and local government, the annual Stash-the-Trash event rakes in tons of debris and litter from nearly 100 miles of area roadway each year, KADB Executive Director Judy Bowles said.

This year, KADB and 311 are partnering to allow Albany and Dougherty County residents to phone in and report areas where there are large amounts of litter. Teams of volunteers will then be dispatched to those areas to pick up the trash, she said.

The event will start Friday morning at the government plaza downtown when teams from the City of Albany and the Dougherty County Commission will canvas downtown in search of litter.

"They're going to set the example by going first," Bowles said. "Then we'll have a busy Saturday."

Bowles said that so far, the KADB has 90 different teams and more than 2,700 volunteers signed up to pick litter in various parts of the city Saturday.

But they could always use more volunteers, she said.

"Anyone who is interested can always call 311 or 430-5257 to sign up," Bowles said. "I've always said that if you pick it up, you'll never throw it down."