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A stash of trash
by Gary Kent
Apr 13, 2011 | 1661 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Above, volunteers dump another trailer load during Saturday’s annual Beeville City-Wide Spring Clean. The collection station at the city’s equipment yard at 200 S. Jackson St. hummed with activity throughout the day.
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“We really had a good turnout,” Beeville’s Assistant Code Compliance Officer Ronald “Buddy” Hardy said Monday.

Hardy was talking about the success of this year’s Beeville City-Wide Spring Clean event at the collection station at 200 S. Jackson St.

City Street Superintendent Albert Bridge said Saturday that he had 14 city employees working at various locations at the city’s equipment yard helping residents unload trailers and pickup beds.

Hardy said people at the yard estimated that they had collected 192 cubic yards of trash and debris by the time the facility closed at 5 p.m.

Even before employees opened the gates at the yard at 8 a.m., trucks and trailers were lined up and waiting.

Hardy said residents took advantage of the event to unload piles of trash that had gathered in their yards and in their garages, along with old bedding, furniture, cans, toys and whatever else that could be placed in a dumpster.

Almost 30 volunteers showed up to help gather trash left at the curb in some neighborhoods. Most of that debris came from homes where disabled and elderly residents live and from other locations where people had no trucks or trailers to get their trash to the collection station.

The volunteers came from at least 21 different organizations. Several volunteers just showed up, not representing any organization or group.

Members of the Normanna Volunteer Fire Department reported for duty again this year along with several members of the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department.

A.C. Jones High School provided at least five volunteers and Bee Proud Bee Clean had several members at the city yard.

“We had a good gathering,” Hardy said of the volunteer support.

The best part of the 2011 event was seeing that Beeville residents will still arrive in their pickups and pulling trailers to take advantage of what has become one of the city’s most successful cleanup programs.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.

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