By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
When the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District teamed up with Portsmouth Municipal Court Judges Steven Mowery and Russell Kegley to clean up Scioto County they meant business.
During the first week of cleanup efforts crews picked up nearly 10 tons of litter.
According to Dale Herdman with Portsmouth Municipal Court, crews cleaned Rosemount and Kendall Avenue on Tuesday and picked up .43 tons of litter. On Wednesday, crews cleaned Pleasant and Thomas avenues and picked up .51 tons of litter. On Thursday, crews cleaned Ohio 139, Robinson, Eighth Street viaduct and several alleys in Portsmouth and picked up 3.21 tons of litter. On Friday, crews cleaned U.S. 52 from New Boston leading into Portsmouth, Sciotoville exit, and Milldale.
“We are going to start highlighting specific areas that have been neglected and start addressing these,” said Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District.
According to Palmer, those areas include Portsmouth, Rosemount Hill and a number of other locations.
Mowery said he hopes to establish a rotating schedule of places crews can hit on a regular basis.
“People tend to be positive if they start to see a difference. They then feel pride about the way things look when it’s clean. If we can reach that point again, where we have pride about what we see, I think that will become contagious,” Mowery said. “I would like to see all of us take our community back. It’s going to take all of us to make this happen.”
For more information about the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, call 888-565-7888 or visit www.lsswmd.org.