REMINDER:The City of LaGrange closed for business Monday, January 20th in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
All garbage and recycling pickup days will be pushed back by one day. If your regular pickup day is Monday, it will be Tuesday this holiday week. Regular pickup on Wednesdays will be Thursday and regular pickup on Thursdays will be Friday.
The City of LaGrange is a wonderful community to live, work, play or just to visit. We have so much to be proud of, but like many communities across America, litter can be found along our city streets and local waterways.
We know this is not just an issue in our area. Last year, more than $16 million was spent statewide on removing litter from Georgia roads. These taxpayer dollars could go towards schools, parks, and other services.
Keep Troup Beautiful was organized in the early 1990’s by a group of LaGrange/Troup County citizens interested in recycling and beautification. The group hosts special events throughout the year, provides clean-up kits, has special programs with the local schools, and conducts research. You can contact them to:
The GDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program is always looking for businesses, neighborhoods, church groups, and other organizations to adopt a street.
Trucks carrying unsecured loads dump litter onto the Georgia’s roads every day. Truck owners often use their truck beds as mobile garbage cans. Sure it’s handy, but the trash doesn’t always stay put. At highway speeds, with vehicles passing and bumpy roads, empty containers and other bits of trash easily become airborne and turn into litter.
Visit the Department of Community Affairs for more information on securing your load.https://dca.ga.gov/sites/default/files/unsecuredloadsbrochure.pdf
If you see a road with an excessive amount of litter on a roadway or you see one of our trucks releasing litter. Call our Public Works Department at +1 706 883 2000 and let us know can send someone over and we can let our drivers know their load is not secured.
In February 2018, County and City Leadership sat down to discuss litter. From that conversation, the group decided to focus on education and awareness before enforcement. The City of West Point and City of Hogansville joined the Anti-Litter Campaign to educate and encourage residents not to litter.
Educational videos were created to create awareness about litter in our community.
On April 20, 2018, the City of LaGrange shut down business and all non-essential employees went out into the community’s main thoroughfares to pick up litter. The campaign, “Leave It Better Than We Found It,” shows the community that employees are also taking responsibility and working to make our community a cleaner place. The City will host monthly clean ups where employees can volunteer.
We know litter, costs the Cities, the County and the State money, but there are also indirect costs our residents pay for litter. The indirect costs include property value, tourism, businesses, and development.
Keep America Beautiful surveyed homeowners, realtors, and business development officials nationally and released the following statistics: