Residents clean up city during trash off
Hundreds of volunteers headed out into Beaumont streets Saturday morning to help “make the city beautiful again” during the 12th annual Beaumont Trash Off hosted by the City of Beaumont.
The event, aimed at picking up litter and cleaning the environment, had five locations around the city to best maximize the efforts of the volunteers.
“We do this every year as a part of the Keep America Beautiful campaign,” Joyce Tanner, event coordinator, said. “This is just our version and way to participate and bring the campaign here to Beaumont. We want to get people to stop littering. If you are driving keep a bag in your car and collect trash in that, then once you get to somewhere with a trashcan take it down.”
Swarms of people wearing light blue t-shirts could be seen walking through the streets, black trash bags in hand.
Tanner said the event had just over 300 pre-registered volunteers but that the number likely came close to 400 volunteers due to “walk-ups.”
Lynn Foote, the John Paul Davis Community Center coordinator, said weather, location and group cancellations factor into how many people attend each location.
“The highest number of volunteers we’ve had was about 900 people,” Tanner said. “But this year we had to change the date because of weather and we weren’t able to get the word out as early as we wanted so, I’m sure that has to do with our turn out.”
Though the number of volunteers was relatively low, Tanner said that wasn’t going to affect the purpose of the event.
Marlon Hickman, 32 of Beaumont, said he grew up in an apartment complex right on the other side of where he was picking up trash near the John Paul Davis Community Center.
“At the end of the day this is our city,” he said. “It’s home and we need to do what we can to help the community grow.”
Hickman said this is the second year in a row that his youth leadership organization, Knights of Pythagoras, has attended the event.
“We are trying to show the young men how to help the community and give back to the place they live in,” he said.