By all accounts, a city-wide cleanup last month in Brunswick resulted in the removal of an impressive amount litter and dumped refuse that puts the city in a negative light.
Kristle Heck, executive administrative assistant with the city of Brunswick gave a presentation last Wednesday providing some of the statistics from the cleanup.
During the two-hour time frame that groups, volunteers and city officials worked in various sections of the city, a total of 2.7 tons of litter was collected, 30 tires, 720 pounds of recycling and 2,265 cigarettes butts.
The city of Brunswick partnered with Keep Golden Isles Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful for the city-wide cleanup initiative.
With the help of the city’s public works and code enforcement departments, designated locations throughout town were identified as cleanup areas.
Those areas included Bay Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Albany Street and Lanier Boulevard.
Areas that were identified by citizens as locations they wanted to concentrate on were Union Street south of Gloucester Street, the 900-1000 block of Amherst and Albany streets, the area around The Well on Gloucester Street, Hanover Square and the 800 block of Albany, London and Dartmouth streets.
A total of 21 locations were cleaned during the event.
“The cleanup went fantastically well,” said Lea King-Badyna, executive director of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful. “I was excited by the number of folks and groups who came out and the amount of litter and trash that was picked up. There were 24 participating groups from all over the county and 166 volunteers who worked a total of 312 hours.”
Brunswick Commissioner Felicia Harris was the driving force behind it all. It was her vision that made it happen.
“It was a great collaboration to show what can be done when we decide to come together as a community.”
Future plans are to have one city-wide cleanup and one big impact project to focus on specific blocks and neighborhoods.
“I cannot say enough about how impressed I am with city staff that helped coordinate the cleanup effort and the amount of time they put into it and Commissioner Harris whose idea it was to have the cleanup. Picking up all that trash really made a difference,” King said.