Macon-Bibb’s next community-wide cleanup is July 24

This is Macon-Bibb's second community-wide cleanup.

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) —Macon-Bibb Mayor Lester Miller announced Wednesday the county will hold a second community-wide cleanup.

It’s happening July 24.

The first community wide cleanup happened April 10. About 1,500 people cleaned more than 109,000 pounds of trash that day.

Mayor Miller hopes more people will take part during the second cleanup.

“We’re looking forward to what the community is going to bring out that day,” Mayor Miller said. “Rain or shine we’re going to be cleaning and picking up trash and making a difference in our community.”

Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful executive director, Caroline Childs, says the first cleanup was a success and she hopes to keep the momentum going.

“It’s so exciting,” Childs said. “It just means all the work we’re doing around Clean Streets Matter and this initiative are making a difference. I love the enthusiasm, I love that people want to make a difference.”

Childs says they don’t necessarily want to see more trash picked up at the July event than in April.

“We don’t want to see an increased number,” she said. “That means there’s more trash on the streets. We want to see more people volunteering and picking up trash. It shouldn’t be that we have this continued growth goal, because we want to see it off the streets.”

According to Mayor Miller, cameras have been installed at illegal dump sites, and the county is working to prosecute people who have dumped illegally. Miller says offenders may get probation and a hefty fine, but he wants them to pick up trash as part of their punishment.  Miller’s administration is working to address every neighborhood so Macon will be inviting to visitors.

“It could be downtown, it could be on Riverside Drive, it could be Lake Wildwood area there,” Miller said. “It could be Harper’s Ridge Road, it could be East Macon. Whatever exit they get off of when they come to Macon, we want it to look good and truly represent the great community that we have.”

How to register for the community wide cleanup or schedule your own:

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