JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Groups across the Capital City will be doing their part to tidy up in the coming weeks for the Great American Cleanup.
Glass and plastic bottles, food containers and other trash scattered along Magnolia Road off Clinton Boulevard are what Keep Jackson Beautiful hopes will be tackled during the event.
Neighborhood associations, residents, churches, organizations and more come together during the nation’s second largest community improvement program to rid the neighborhoods of unsightly litter and debris.
“Get out and help clean up Jackson because Keep Jackson Beautiful and the City of Jackson, they can’t do it alone,” said Keep Jackson Beautiful Executive Director Alicia Crudup. “We want all communities of Jackson to come out, pick dates that you’re going to be cleaning up and get out there and clean up and Keep Jackson Beautiful will provide resources to assist with the cleaning."
Last year Great American Cleanup participants removed 2,000 bags of litter and debris in 13 communities.
Volunteers cleaned and renewed over 100 lots. More than 790 bags of items were collected for recycling and reuse.
“This is home, and it’s not just home. It’s the Capital City in the State of Mississippi,” said Keep Jackson Beautiful Board of Directors President Henry Fuller. “So we entertain a lot of visitors here. We want to reiterate to the public that Jackson is beautiful. We are vibrant. We are still a safe place to eat, shop, play and work."
During Keep Jackson Beautiful’s clean up kickoff Friday, officials also announced plans to address food insecurity in the city.
The Capitol Street Garden was renamed after late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Saturday an orchard will be planted there. Lowe’s donated $20,000 and UPS donated $5,000 to plant 200 fruit trees throughout all seven wards.
If you would like to take part in the citywide cleanup call Keep Jackson Beautiful at 601-9953-1123 or log onto www.keepjacksonbeautiful.com.