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Keep Brownwood Beautiful organization gets ready for county-wide cleanup

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 04 2013 07:37:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 04 2013 07:37:23 PM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

If you need to dispose of unwanted clutter, now is the best time to do so.

Volunteers from the the non-profit organization, "Keep Brownwood Beautiful" (KBB), will be holding a county-wide cleanup this Saturday from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m.

They will set up a site underneath the Austin Avenue overpass, where the community is invited to come drop off unwanted junk. They can dispose of their garbage, recyclables, metals, old electronics all for free.

"The only thing we don't take is hazardous waste," KBB volunteer Leona Cleveland said. Cleveland added that cars, vans and pickup trucks are allowed to enter the site, but trailers must take their junk to the county landfill. Anything that is not accepted at the site can be taken the to landfill as well.

Tim Airheart works for the City of Brownwood at the landfill and will also be participating alongside KBB. He added there will be a paper shredder at the cleanup site so people can bring documents they wish to destroy.

"It's important to recycle," Airheart said. "It's about diverting things from the landfill to save space. It also saves energy. It takes less energy to recycle aluminum cans than it does to make new aluminum."

One of KBB's goals is to better the environment.

"Without people learning how to recycle properly, our landfills are filling up at a tremendous rate," Cleveland said. "A lot of people don't get the concept of what littering does. There's a whole trickle effect to it. If you throw out one can, that promotes other people to litter because litter promotes litter and that becomes dangerous."

Airheart said some people tend to dump their trash in alleys and isolated areas.

KBB holds a county-wide cleanup twice a year. Airheart said they usually collect between 80,000 to 90,000 pounds of trash. KBB also holds a recycling center twice a month, on every first and third Saturday.