Volunteer Josh Frey of Copperas Cove picks up litter from a briar patch along Avenue D near Copperas Cove High School. Throughout the state, communities and organizations cleaned up litter along roadways and other locations.

The Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful Committee held its first meeting of the year Monday and members are ready to get things neat and tidy in the city with several major initiatives throughout the spring.

A new event added this year is a neighborhood cleanup on May 3, said KCCB committee member Marcie Lowery.

“Its going to be similar to National Night Out where everyone comes out and works together and gets to know their neighbors during the event,” Lowery said. “I believe it is the responsibility of the property owner or renter to maintain not only their yard but the street in front of it. That includes weed eating and picking up trash that has blown in your yard or street.”

Copperas Cove Recycling Coordinator Silvia Rhoads said the neighborhood clean-up will follow the city wide-clean-up on April 26, which corresponds with Earth Day. This neighborhood clean up idea was proposed by a committee member during a work retreat in November.

“You can pretty much travel through any neighborhood and see litter on the sides of any street. Wind usually blows litter everywhere,” Rhoads said. “While we usually concentrate our efforts on public areas during the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off, we also want to get neighborhoods involved in cleaning up litter along their roads.”

The 2013 Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off broke city records for having more than 100 volunteers who collected more than 1,400 pounds of litter.

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476


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