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2021 Keep Mercer Clean Campaign Concludes

Article by Greg Jordan, Princeton Times | May 7, 2021

County Administrator Vicky Reed joined other county employees and local officials this year, to help pick up trash along Glenwood Park Road as part of the annual Keep Mercer Clean campaign.

BLUEWELL — Final tallies are not in, but thousands of trash bags have been filled with roadside litter and trash from illegal dumps during this year's Keep Mercer Clean campaign.

The 2021 Keep Mercer Clean campaign concluded on April 30. County Commissioner Greg Puckett said that volunteers found more trash than usual along the county's roadways this year.

"Normally our Day Report Center people would be working on our top four roads" Puckett said Thrusday. "Route 10, Route 19, Route 20 and Route 52, and we would have them cleared by now"

In previous years, volunteers could clean about 100 yards of roadway in a few minutes, but this year cleaning trash from that same distance took about an hour, he added.

Thousands of trash bags were filled this year.

“Well, we're going to wait to get our tallies of all our totals at the (Mercer County) Solid Waste Authority," Pucket said. "We had good responses at our dump stations at the schools. We've had numerous cleanups with hundreds of volunteers and literally thousands of dollars of volunteering by our communities.

"Even just the other day, middle school students from Princeton and Pikeview got 17 bags in two hours from Camp Creek Road," he added. "That's the kind of volunteerism that the program wants to support."

In another example of community effort, the Bluewell Area Volunteers saw 40 to 50 people participate in a cleanup that filled more than 200 bags with litter from Pinnacle View Road, Routh 52, Route 20 and Warden Avenue as well as Lorton Lick Road from Bluewell to Montcalm, said Skip Crane, president of the Bluewell Improvement Association. The Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department, Litter Control Officer Josh Parks, Mercer County deputies, the Voice of Praise, the Lorton Lick Baptist Church, Bluewell Lions Club, Bluewell Womens Club and the Bluewell United Methodist Church all participated.

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