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31.20 Tons of Trash Collected and 600+ Attendees for Block Party

Post Date:05/03/2019 4:35 PM

May 3, 2019 - Over 31 tons of trash and debris have been removed and collected in a community effort to clean up Odessa streets and alleyways. Keep Odessa Beautiful and Code Enforcement have both worked together to educate the public and to create safer and healthier neighborhoods.

Keep Odessa Beautiful has been running their Don't Mess With Texas Spring Clean Up from March 22 to May 22. Citizens have been able to volunteer to clean up an assigned area or an area of their choosing. Keep Odessa Beautiful has also encouraged citizens to sign up for Adopt-A-Spot and the program, Adopt-A-Block, in which citizens can pledge to keep their own neighborhood clean. Keep Odessa Beautiful donates the supplies needed to keep your neighborhood clean.

Executive Director Claudia Ortega had this to say, " The 2019 DMWT Spring Clean up has been a great success! In just one month, our volunteers have removed 367 bags of litter from our community, properly disposed of 23.74 tons of bulk, recycled 40,000 plastic bottles, and adopted 7 spots and 2 blocks!"

Odessa Code Enforcement has been conducting alleyway sweeps in different areas of the city. They inform the citizens that it is illegal to dump bulky items in the alleyway and that Code Enforcement along with Solid Waste will be coming to their neighborhood to clean up the alleyway. Code Enforcement Education Administrator, Darlene Mays says, "With the theme of “Take Pride In Your Neighborhood”, the new Code Education Initiatives were created to introduce new innovative approaches, solutions and alternatives for building stronger, safer and healthy neighborhoods.  Our goal is to give citizens the tools to learn the codes, promote litter free neighborhoods and increase neighborhood planning by enhancing community-oriented activism."

After the alleyway cleanups, block parties were held for the neighborhoods. Darlene Mays tells us,  "An old-fashioned Block Party can yield unprecedented results! The Block Party is certainly a party with a purpose!  It’s family-oriented promoting values we all cherish – strong families, good health, traditional work ethics, non-violence, community service, and good neighborhood practices."

 The April 27, 2019 block party with over 600 attendees was also a volunteer appreciation event for volunteers of Keep Odessa Beautiful. Claudia Ortega says, "Our volunteers are not only the heart of our organization, they are also the heart of our community! Mayor Turner, has proclaimed April as Volunteer Appreciation Month. This month is dedicated to honoring all of our volunteers in our community. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to make Odessa a better place to live, work, and play in!"

Code enforcement has held two neighborhood cleanups so far. A future neighborhood cleanup is scheduled in July in the Clements St area with a block party being held Saturday, July 20, 2019.

These amazing results just go to show that when we all work together as a team, we can accomplish anything. If you have questions contact Claudia Ortega at 432.335.4686 or Darlene Mays at 432.335.4820

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