Roadside Trash To Be Removed In Florence During City-Wide Clean Up

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It may look clean, but thousands of pounds of trash litter the city of Florence.

Saturday  volunteers take to the streets to pick up the garbage during a city wide clean up.

Cups, bags, and cigarette butts are all part of the décor along Highway 20 in Florence.

For many people it`s as easy as tossing unwanted trash out the window, but it doesn`t take long for that trash to pile up along the city streets.

Now as a part of a city-wide clean up, organizers hope this trash can make it off the streets and into the landfill.

“II think it teaches pride and respect of your community and of course, you are less likely to throw out litter when you pick some up,” said Rachel Mansell, Florence Recycling Education Outreach Coordinator.

Organizers expect hundreds of volunteers to turn out, with a goal of thousands of pounds of trash collected.

“We would hope there would be less, there would be less garbage out on the city roadways but we may have more volunteers and get to cover more area,” said Mansell.

In 2011, more than 10,000pounds of garbage got collected.

More than 20 groups dedicated time and materials to the clean-up and the organizer says its efforts from those organizations that keep other organizations interested in coming to town.

“It also poses economic benefits to us for people that would like to come and create business here in Florence,” said Mansell.

A volunteer project packed into a weekend morning, with a lasting impact that helps keep the Shoals beautiful.

Anyone wanting to volunteer can meet at the Coliseum in Florence at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 14th.

Breakfast and lunch will be served to the volunteers.

The project will wrap up around noon.