Moss Point citizens encouraged to join fight against litter

By Patrice Clark- bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Linda Walsh and her four legged friend are part of Moss Point's anti-litter patrol. Wednesday morning, the two were on Magnolia Street looking for trash. Walsh said seeing litter on the side of the road is her biggest pet peeve.

"It always just kind of gets on my nerves," Walsh said.

Alderman Robert Byrd is also a member of the anti-litter team. Byrd was across town on Glaude Street where, he said, part of the area has turned into an illegal dumpsite.

"This is probably one of the worst parts of the city in terms of dumps," Byrd said about the street.

The two said it's pretty easy to find stacks of trash in quite a few neighborhoods in Moss Point. They're upset that some people don't take pride in the city.

"First of all, I think any litter is an eyesore.  It just draws your attention when you have things or any type of litter lying on the street," Walsh said.

Litter affects more than just how the city looks. Moss Point leaders believe the trash also sits in the way of new economic development.

"We, as elected officials, care about the appearance of the city. We think that will attract industry and that would attract people who want to buy homes in the city," Byrd said.

Both Walsh and Byrd feel citizens should do a better job of picking up the litter around their town.

"To me, a clean community is a more welcoming community," Walsh said.

The anti-litter team said when residents commit to cleaning up their streets; they're helping make Moss Point a cleaner and better city in which to live, work and play.

If you want to help beautify Moss Point, the city-wide cleanup day is Saturday, September 26th, from 8am to noon. For more information, call (228) 324-3577.

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