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The great White Hall cleanup


By Deborah Horn

SPECIAL TO THE PREGRESS

Got a garage overflowing with plastic bottles or old newspapers that need recycling? Or maybe a ton of nonworking or outdated appliances that need to go?

Well, the White Hall Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Jefferson County Recycling plan to make it easy for residents to get rid of unwanted recyclable items.

“Our E-Waste Event is a good opportunity for people who want to recycle, and we’ll have someone there to help,” says Terry Ruff, a chamber board member and organizer of the one-day event.

Recycling dumpsters for plastics, glass, paper and electronics will be set up near the skate park at the White Hall City Park, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 28.

The park is located across from White Hall City Hall at 101 Parkway Dr.

This effort is part of White Hall’s participation in the Great Arkansas Cleanup, a statewide program.

Ruff coordinating about 50 White Hall High School students from the ROTC department and the Sisters in Service who will pick up liter along Dollarway Road and inside the city park.

“The Great Arkansas Cleanup is sending us bags, reflective vests and gloves for the kids,” Ruff says.

The army of kids will be out in full force from 9 until 11:30 a.m. A number of local businesses will feed them.

Ruff says the chamber has been involved in the Great Arkansas Cleanup for the last two years.

The statewide program started more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup, and in 1985 U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers helped craft legislation that required an annual pickup during the Labor Day weekend on all federal lands.

According to Keep Arkansas Beautiful statistics, “Each year, an estimated 17,000 Arkansans volunteer for 114 events in 53 counties. Through their efforts, litter is picked up from 3,400 miles of roadway, 121 parks and public areas, and 534 miles of shoreline.”

For more information about the White Hall’s E-Waste recycling effort, call 247-2399, and for more information about Jefferson County Recycling drop-off points, go to: www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyRecycling.