Fighting blight: Monroe to host first-ever furniture drop-off, cleanup on Saturday

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(MONROE, La.) Keeping Monroe clean is a part of Sandra Harris’ ministry. 
She heads the community cleanup for Power House Church of God in Christ in East Monroe. 

“Our church has several initiatives that they take part in and one is community and cleaning up and keeping the area around there clean,” said Harris. 

Every other month her team targets the Powell Avenue area. 
She said it’s no telling what they may find. 

“Instead of just paper we are thinking when we go out there are beer bottles,” Harris said. “Buckets, tires, other big items you wouldn’t expect to see in a ditch.”

Monday morning city officials announced the Annual Great American Cleanup.
A parish-wide effort to beautify the area.
Along with Monroe’s first ever household furniture drop-off to fight an ongoing problem. 

“One of the challenges we have as a city is that we have people putting all sorts of things on the side of the road to pick up,” said Mayor Jamie Mayo. 

Greg Smith is the director of Keep Monroe Beautiful. 
He said the city has received 90 percent compliance since it started enforcing trash codes. 
Now they just need the other 10 percent to properly dispose their furniture. 

“The main thing is it’s just simply an eyesore. There is nothing uglier than a sofa on the side of the road cause everyone knows it doesn’t belong there,” said Smith. 

He and harris want everyone to come out for the Great American Cleanup. 

“Make a difference. Not just there but even in your neighborhoods and if you don’t do the whole area at least do your area,” said Harris. 

Both events will be held Saturday, April 13th. The Public Works Department will be on hand at Household Furniture Drop-off event from 8 a.m. until noon at the Monroe Civic Center in the north parking lot. No appliances will be accepted. 

To register for the Great American Cleanup click, here

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