PDT Staff Writer
Organizers with the citywide cleanup held June 1 say that an estimated 15 tons of debris was collected at the various sites over the course of the event. The event was organized by the staff of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District in cooperation with Portsmouth Municipal Court and other agencies.
Kyle McCain, Portsmouth Municipal Court spokesman, said the idea for the event came from Portsmouth Municipal Judge Steven Mowery. McCain said during the event there were roll-off containers at four locations — the Portsmouth City Building, Farley Square, Wayne Hills and in Sciotoville.
“At the end of the day all of the containers were stuffed to the brim with things people had brought,” McCain said. “We thought the event was extremely successful. We had a good turn out and and excellent response from the public.”
McCain said they are working on plans to hold a similar event next year with the possibility of expanding the number of locations.
Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District said, “These numbers are not bad for our first year. We are planning to have a meeting soon to discuss what we plan on doing next year, soon. All in all, it was a good event. It was unreal what was in some of these alleys that were cleaned up. We had three dump trucks going throughout the day and they were bringing in sofas and chairs.”
Palmer said Mowery took a work crew and cleaned Chillicothe Street on Saturday. His crew also took weed-eaters and chemicals to kill out weeds that were growing. Others helping to organize the event include city of Portsmouth Community Development Fair Housing, a CCA grant, Bob Gambill, Neal Hatcher, Scioto County Commissioners and Billy Whitaker among many others.
According to promotional material for the event, “Portsmouth belongs to each of us who choose to live and work here. It’s our responsibility to help make it shine. We are hoping for a successful event and the result will prove it.”
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