SPRING CLEANING – Martin Beautiful Committee members (from left) Carolyn Deck, Audrey Roberts, Led Symmes and Bob Smith get an early jump on cleanup days in Martin as they work to refresh the flower beds at Festival Park in downtown Martin.
Martin Beautiful Committee Members
Planting trees and beautifying the community seem to be a very “green” trend. This year’s annual Martin citywide cleanup event will be no exception.
The City of Martin will host its annual City Clean-Up Days beginning Monday, April 19 and continue throughout the week until Friday April, 23.
As an advocate for recycling, Mayor Randy Brundige added a new feature to this year’s event encouraging community members to join him on the “green” bandwagon.
“Let’s recycle, too, as we clean the yard, the garage, the porch and our neighborhoods,” Brundige commented.
This is an opportunity for residents to get free assistance in hauling off debris and waste that accumulated throughout the fall and winter months.
On each ward’s usual brush pick-up day, the public works department will collect at curbside, items that can be recycled at the UTM Recycles! center or that go to the city’s landfill.
“Materials must be separated into two piles; otherwise, they will all go to the landfill,” Martin Public Works Director Billy Wagster reminded Martin residents.
Wagster noted that the city’s street sweeper will also be out in full force and will begin its cycle with Martin’s main streets.
“If there is a street that is in special need for sweeping, people can call us and we’ll try to get to it as soon as possible,” Wagster said.
Recyclables include paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum cans, metal cans (please wash/rinse them out, especially food cans), plastic bottles and such, and old computers.
It is recommended to bag as many recyclables as possible. The UTM Recycles! center, located on Moody Street in Martin, is open throughout the week from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. Community members can drop off their items any time the center is open throughout the year.
“The entry gate to the center is always open, so you can recycle anytime,” Dennis Kosta, UTM Recycles! director noted.
Landfill articles are construction material, brush and limbs, wood, furniture, metal windows and just metal, doors, old lumber, and carpet.
Please aid public works personnel by having the items at the curb early on scheduled brush pick-up days. Otherwise, discards may be on the curb for several days. No hazardous materials such as oil, paint, or chemicals will be picked up. The city landfill does not accept tires. Persons needing to dispose of tires should call 364-6798.
Residents can improve the landscape by cleaning up their lot, their neighborhood or a public place.
Groups or individuals wanting to know where to pick up litter may call the Martin Beautiful Committee chair Marvin Downing at 587-6054 for suggestions. That committee is helping coordinate clean up during the week.
Brundige stressed the importance of having a clean city.
“Please take advantage of these designated days to do their part to make the city attractive,” Brundige asked.
Likewise, Martin Codes Enforcement Officer Kenny Edwards said that residents need to be aware that it is unfair to their neighbors when they do not keep their lawns mowed and property picked up.
“Together, we can achieve the goal of keeping Martin beautiful and clean,” Downing added.
To kick off the citywide cleanup event, the Martin Tree Board in celebration of Arbor Day will host a tree planting ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Martin Recreation Complex on Saturday. Following the street planting, the MTB will give away several varieties of oak trees, bald cypress, poplar trees and white pine trees until noon that day.
The event is open to everyone in Weakley County.