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Jackson residents participate in roll off Dumpster Day to help beautify the city

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Jackson is cleaner today. It is all part the city's Roll-Off Dumpster Day that encourages residents to help keep neighborhoods in the metro area beautiful. Patrice Clark spoke with some concerned citizens who admit that the program is a step in the right direction, but more people have to buy into the vision.

Several Jackson Residents spent Saturday cleaning up the Capital city.

“It pulls up the value of your community and it looks good when people drive by your home and see a nice place,” said resident Shirley Thompson.

“You are beautifying Jackson and you are beautifying your own residence,” said another resident.

Jackson officials setup super sized dumpsters all over the metro area for folks to dispose of things like old tree limbs and other yard debris as well as household items.

The Roll-Off Dumpster day is longstanding program in Jackson.

“It helps the citizens and residents because you don't have to go and pay a dump fee. You are dumping free of charge instead of doing like a lot of people do and just dumping it on the side of the street or a back alley,” said a Jackson resident.

Keep Jackson Beautiful’s Executive Director Marsha Hobson agrees.  Her team has hosted more than three dozen cleanups in Jackson this year.

“During the Great American Cleanup, which is March, April and May, we removed 29 tons of debris. This was neighborhoods working together, the neighborhoods did it themselves,” said Hobson.

Hobson admits littering and illegal dumping are bad habits that seem like they’re hard to break in Jackson.

“This is our Roll-Off Dumpster Day and still there is still and debris on the ground and this is just unacceptable behavior,” said Hobson.

These concerned citizens hope the next time there is a city-wide dumpster day more of their neighbors would do their part and help take more pride in their town.

“These dumpsters should be rolling over full. They should be removing these dumpsters and bringing them back. This is such a wonderful opportunity, and I know there is so much debris out there. It really sad that it is here and not being utilized as it could be,” Hobson.

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