Bell praises success of annual Earth Day
by Denise Strub
May 01, 2013 | 760 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bolivar County Earth Day, which was held in April, was a huge success according to Cleveland Public Works Director Ray Bell.

“We had about 135 cars come to Public Works,” he said. “That is almost twice as many as last year.”

Although Cleveland started a recycling program earlier this year, Earth Day allows county residents to disposal of hazardous items, such as oil, paint, batteries and more.

“We had two truck loads of tires to be disposed of,” said Bell, who explained the trucks were large trailer-type vehicles.

He said other items include computers, chemicals and normal recyclables.

This year Bell added satellite drop-off locations at Cleveland High School, East Side High School and the Medical Mall.

“That went very well. We had to empty the truck at East Side twice,” he said.

Bolivar County Earth Day is funded in part by a grand from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which helps to dispose of the hazardous items.

Bell said each Earth Day those who drop off items at Public Works take a survey and most people suggest Earth Day activities take place more than once a year.

Cleveland is still accepting No 1 and No. 2 plastic, mixed paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, plastic bags and cardboard.

Citizens are encouraged to bring their normal recyclables to the bins on the north side of the old train depot building downtown or the Public Works building on Old Miss. Highway 61 behind Baxter. ?