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Government employees, volunteers get "trashy" downtown

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga.: It's a not a fun job, but someone has to do it.

Canvassing downtown Friday morning, volunteers from both the City of Albany and the Dougherty County Commission, along with those from the business and civic community, donned gloves, picked up their trashbags and set out to make a difference one cigarette butt or discarded cup at a time.

The event Friday morning is the opening salvo in Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful's annual fight against litter known as Stash-the-Trash -- a two-day effort that pits thousands of volunteers against tons of trash along area roadways and in local neighborhoods.

Judy Bowles, director of KADB, said Friday that the group now has a record number of volunteers pledged to assist in the main event Saturday -- over 2,770.

Last year, the event got more than 40 tons of debris, litter and trash off the shoulders of more than 100 miles of roadways.