ALBANY The number Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful of volunteers and the amount of trash cleaned out of area waterways and off rights-of-way are up, Executive Director Judy Bowles told county commissioners Monday.
The agency, which is funded through the tipping fees paid by patrons of the Dougherty County Landfill, witnessed one of its best fiscal years, Bowles said.
"It's encouraging to see the kinds of numbers that we're seeing. It means people are seeing the litter and trash and are doing something about it," Bowles said.
During the year, which ran from July 2010 through June 2011, Bowles said there were 76,948 participants in the various KADB programs with 34,444 volunteers who donated a total of 242,047 hours of environmental service.
This year's "Stash-the-Trash" program involved more than 2,800 volunteers who canvassed over 137 square miles of roadways collecting nearly 40 tons of trash during the weekend.
KADB efforts growing
Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles talks to the results of the agency's various programs and where it is headed in the future.
The group is preparing to do their 6th annual Water Festival, which Bowles said has become the model of a program created by the state.
This weekend, KADB will combine two of their most popular programs -- electronics recycling and a prescription pill drop-off program known as Operation Pill Drop -- at the Albany Civic Center.
Bowles said that Saturday, KADB will also be taking empty ink cartridges for recycling.
The Rivers' Alive program, which generally happens every October, saw 82 volunteers walk the banks or float their way down the Flint River collecting and disposing of more than three tons of trash, which included tires, metal, paper, styrofoam and carpet.