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Local cleanup week continues through Saturday

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By The Staff

October is Roadside PRIDE Month in southern and eastern Kentucky. With a team effort, communities can share the rewards of clean roads, satisfied tourists and even a trophy.

Throughout October, volunteers will pick up roadside litter, local governments will collect the trash, and PRIDE will provide the garbage bags and pay trash disposal fees.

Each hometown will be in a friendly competition during Roadside PRIDE Month. Cities and counties will earn points for the number of volunteers who clean roadsides, road miles cleaned, bags of trash collected and tires and appliances collected. The cities and counties with the highest scores will win trophies.

Competitors are cities and counties with similar populations to your own. For a list, visit the PRIDE Web site at www.kypride.org.

Sign up now for the home team. The local PRIDE coordinators are planning cleanup events for October. If you work with them to plan a cleanup event, they will give you PRIDE trash bags, pick up your filled bags and add your contribution to your home team's score.

Locally, Taylor County will offer a Clean Taylor County  event through Saturday at the former Fruit of the Loom building.

According to Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers’ office, several residents were unable to participate in the cleanup during the week. As a result, the cleanup was extended, and items will now be accepted Saturday.

Unwanted items will be collected at the paved rear parking lot off West Main Street at the former Fruit of the Loom building. Signs will be posted.

Items will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The service is free to Taylor County residents and is sponsored by Taylor Fiscal Court.

Those who participate must show a valid driver's license before they can dispose of their items.

Only the following items will be accepted:

- Appliances - refrigerators, water heaters, stoves, washers/dryers, air conditioner units, televisions and VCRs.

- Furniture - mattresses, box springs, sofas, love seats, chairs and cardboard.

- Solid waste - wood and construction materials, carpeting and padding and hard plastic items such as toys, feeder troughs, swimming pools, etc.

- Other - batteries and porcelain/ceramic items, including tiles, bathtubs, sinks, etc.

- Scrap metal - farm implements/machinery, aluminum siding, fencing, metal roofing, cars, machine parts.

- E-scrap - computers.

Items not accepted include steel cable, hazardous wastes, shingles, oil and oil filters, tires, antifreeze, concrete, brick, stone, yard and tree trimmings, household garbage, compact trash and paint.

The PRIDE Initiative promotes Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment in 38 counties. Congressman Hal Rogers and James Bickford, former Secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, started PRIDE in 1997 to provide government resources to local citizens as they work to clean up the region's environment. PRIDE is funded by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

To volunteer for roadside PRIDE month or for more information, call Taylor County PRIDE Coordinator Debra McNear at 465-7729.