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Citywide cleanup day set for Saturday

NATCHEZ — Perhaps some Natchez residents want to trim the hedges around his or her yard and pick up the litter that has accumulated on the street, but sometimes all of that refuse won’t fit in the average trash bin.

This week such residents will have no excuse not to get the job done, thanks to volunteers working with the Natchez Public Works Department.

At 8 a.m. Saturday morning, volunteers are invited to gather at Memorial Park for the third annual citywide community cleanup day, said Natchez City Planning and Zoning Director, Rico Giani.

Garbage bags and water bottles would be dispersed at the park, he said, and later groups would split up and clean up different neighborhoods throughout the city until noon.

“This gives residents the opportunity to clean up their neighborhood as well as enhances the pride we have in our community,” Giani said.

Food and drinks would be provided back at the park for the volunteers once the work is done, he said.

In preparation, the Natchez Public Works department will be collecting bulk items throughout the week and discarding them at no cost, Giani said.

“We’ll be collecting any bulk items, like mattresses and limbs or hedge trimmings,” he said, “but no whole trees or tree trunks and no hazardous materials like aerosol or paint cans.”

Pickups will continue until Saturday, Giani said, during which Arrow Disposal Service Inc. would have two garbage trucks parked at the parking lot on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Minor streets and at the ballpark on Liberty Road for anyone who would like to deposit large trash items.

Neighborhoods may also team up by gathering junk into piles at the edge of street corners — but not in roadways, Giani said.

Clean up participants should call the Public Works department at 601-445-6652 during regular office hours to request a pickup, he said.