Forestdale residents urged to help clean up trash in their commu

Forestdale residents urged to help clean up trash in their community

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Trash litters a roadside in the Forestdale community of Jefferson County. Source: WBRC Trash litters a roadside in the Forestdale community of Jefferson County. Source: WBRC
State Representative Juandalynn Givan is organizing a clean up campaign in Forestdale. Source: WBRC video State Representative Juandalynn Givan is organizing a clean up campaign in Forestdale. Source: WBRC video
FORESTDALE, AL (WBRC) -

People who live in Forestdale are being encouraged to come out and clean up their community since Jefferson County can no longer afford to pay workers to pick up litter along the roadways.

State Representative Juandalynn Givan helped organize the cleanup effort in Forestdale.

"It's very important we begin to clean up this area, all the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County. Trash, litter and the like is a becoming a huge issue," Givan said.

Some of the people who live in Forestdale say they are embarrassed to bring visitors to the community because of the garbage.

Jefferson County will provide trash bags and gloves for clean up volunteers, but the cash-strapped county can no longer provide workers to pick up trash.

Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman said at an afternoon news conference it will be up to the people living in Forestdale to make the biggest difference in how their neighborhoods look.

"We are asking the citizens to come out and clean up as a public service venue to clean up their own area. To also help stop littering the area as well," Bowman said.

Givan adds she plans to introduce a bill in the state legislature to increase penalties beyond a $500 fine for littering. Givan is also looking to add jail time for the offense. Other county leaders are asking people to not to litter or turn into litter bugs.

Meanwhile community activist Frank Matthews lives in the community and he believes the county can help with county inmates.

"We have minimum security inmate in the county, a year and a day to two years. The county jail is stuffed. We can bring some of those inmates out to clean up the community," Matthews suggested.

The cleanup campaign will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday on Swim Club Road.

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