Keep Orange Clean inaugural event set for Saturday

Published 1:01 pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


A suggestion at a recent council meeting has become a reality as the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Orange sponsor the inaugural Keep Orange Clean event from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24.

Volunteers are asked to meet near Burton and 16th Street in the Kroger parking lot to register and receive clean-up materials.

Council member Larry Spears Jr. suggested the city hold it’s own Trash Day as the city had approved returning to normal code enforcement six months after Hurricane Harvey.

“Many people contact me asking why we are not enforcing laws or ordinances for business,” Spears said. “We relaxed the enforcement because of the hurricane and people are returning to normal lives again.”

Spears said he did not want to return to normalcy by handing out fines but to be proactive.

“I thought, why not start a movement and lead by example,” Spears said. “As a council member I have to ask myself, what can I do to fix it? I can help clean it up.”

Future such events will depend on the turn out for this event.

“We are hoping for a positive event,” Spears said.

Just recently Shangri La held it’s annual Community Trash Off. Since inception of Community Trash Off, thousands of individuals have worked tirelessly to collect nearly 200,000 pounds of trash over 20 years.

For additional information, contact the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau at (409) 883-1010