County-wide cleanup begins early Saturday

ANDREW VALDERAS andrew.valderas@brownwoodbulletin.com
The county cleanup, put on by the Keep Brownwood Beautiful, is scheduled from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. under the Austin Avenue overpass -- the intersection of Avenues A and Brady

Residents for Brownwood and others from surrounding towns will get the opportunity Saturday to empty and toss out unwanted junk as part of the County-wide cleanup.

Whether it is brush, yard debris or household garbage, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Keep Brownwood Beautiful will give people a hand in throwing out various unwanted items for the clean-up day, which will be located under the Austin Avenue overpass – the intersection of Avenues A and Brady.

“We want to put emphasis on the prevention of illegal dumping,” said coordinator Cary Terrin from Keep Brownwood Beautiful, a nonprofit organization. “It gives the people who are unable to use the landfill all the time an opportunity to do so.

“More than anything else, it allows them to focus on one day of a big cleanup and tidy up,” Terrin added.

The cleanup has rotated between occurring annually to biannually for the last decade or so, and Terrin said that it’ll more than likely happen just once a year going forward.

Those who partake may take either their cars, vans or pickups to the dump-off location, and those who wish to bring trailers that hold larger items – such as refrigerators, stoves and ovens – may dump it off at the Brownwood Landfill, located at 6800 FM 45 Rd.

Shredding devices will also be available, in addition to the recycling opportunity at the Community Plaza.

“People usually like things that are free, and by having this city-wide cleanup, it gives them a chance to do that,” Robinson said.

In past years, Keep Brownwood Beautiful has accumulated nearly 90,000 pounds of trash from the five-hour cleanup. On the first and third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. – noon, the nonprofit puts on In Town Recycling, which accepts materials such as glass bottles, newspapers, magazines and cardboard.