WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - On Saturday, community members in Wayne County worked to make the county a more beautiful place with city-wide cleanups. In an attempt to remove hazardous materials from the community and dispose of them properly, the county hosted their annual Amnesty at the Waynesboro Courthouse..
Wayne County Economic Development Executive Director Sean Dunlap says over the course of 4 hours, they collected several hundred pounds of waste such as paint, fluorescent lighting, computers, transmission fluids, etc.
"We try to look at this from an environmental standpoint," says Dunlap. "What we look at is we live in a beautiful corner of the world and we don't want tires, fluorescent lighting and trash polluting our environment. A lot of places participate in Earth Day, this is our version of Earth Day."
Throughout the city of Waynesboro, volunteers gathered to participate in the city's first City Wide Trash Pickup.
Project Manager Public Works Director, Joseph Zaydel, says they had 55 volunteers go into the community to pick up trash.
He says keeping a beautiful city is the first step in order for a city to grow.
"It's a good start," says Zaydel. "This is our first time doing it and we hope to make this an annual or a semi-annual thing for groups in the community to be able to come and give back. I think people have seen us out here working today and I think their getting on board with it."
Zaydel says they collected about 200 bags of trash equaling up to approximately 3,000 pounds of litter.
Dunlap says if anyone missed Amnesty Day, but has hazardous materials they want to get rid of to contact the Wayne County Board of Supervisors office at 601-735-3414 for assistance.