Pauls Valley volunteers will be out in force this Saturday for the annual Trash-Off Day, a state wide campaign by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to clean up trash and debri in each community in Oklahoma.

Pauls Valley’s litter pick-up campaign actually began last Saturday and will continue each Saturday through April, according to local Trash-Off Day organizer Lou Hall.

“By having trash pick-up on every Saturday in April, we’re hoping to get as many residents possible involved in our Trash-Off efforts,” Hall said.

Junior Main Street members will also draw attention to the litter problem in Pauls Valley Friday with their annual student led trash parade.

Hall said all volunteers wanting to help make Pauls Valley beautiful should show up at the Santa Fe Depot Saturday morning at 9:30.

“As part of this statewide campaign we’ll give out free trash sacks at the depot. Anyone wanting to help with Trash-Off should come to the depot and get their assignment of an area to pick up,” she said.

In past years, the City of Pauls Valley has placed large dumpsters in Wacker Park for residents to bring trash, littler and other debri such as old appliances and batteries.

However, this year residents are encouraged to take such trash and debri to the solid waste transfer station northwest of the city from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. each Saturday.

“Residents will be required to show their water bill to prove residency in Pauls Valley,” said City Manager James Frizzell.

Hall said other efforts in making Pauls Valley litter free include a special school campaign and removing two illegal dump sites in town.

“We’re going to try to have a clean out your locker day at the school,” she said. “There are also two illegal dump sites at the Nature Park. We’re needing volunteers to get those cleaned up.”

Before showing up at the depot on Saturday, those wanting to help out should call and leave a message on Hall’s number of 238-2432 with information about the number of volunteers in their group and the number of hours they will work.

Last year’s Trash-Off efforts in Pauls Valley were extremely successfull. According to Hall, Pauls Valley had 335 volunteers registered to pick up trash and litter. Of those 335 volunteers, 1,340 volunteer hours were recorded.

During the 2005 campaign:

•450 bags of litter and debris were collected, equalling 9,000 pounds of litter and trash collected;

•15,900 pounds of trash were collected in roll offs by city employees;

•Main Street Pauls Valley’s “Adopt A City Street” program covered 35 miles of city streets in Pauls Valley;

•Six miles of Highway 77 and five miles of Highway 19 were cleaned;

•30 acres in Wacker Park and 10 acres in the Nature Park were cleaned; and

•Three graffiti sites were abated during the efforts and 61 pounds of aluminum cans were recycled.

Hall reported a total of 24,900 pounds — or 12.45 tons — of litter was removed from the city during the month of April last year.

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