Trash problem in Evansville concerning residents

Trash problem in Evansville concerning residents

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - It's not uncommon to see trash on city roads and highways. City officials say it's not just a problem in Evansville but all over.

"I think a few seconds extra to stop pick something up if you see it," Executive Director of Evansville Parks and Recreation Department Brian Holtz said.

So far in 2018, we learned about 6,000 pounds of trash has been collected. Evansville Parks and Recreation officials say intersections are typical problem spots.

We learned in Evansville, areas like First Avenue, Green River Road, and South Kentucky Avenue are hot spots.

"I think community awareness is the big deal," Evansville Resident Ron McKeethen said. "It is starting to look really bad. We do have a lot more development. We are a growing city. Making people more aware, more conscientious of what to do with their trash. Tie their loads down. Be careful when you are on the road."

In 2012, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke started the Clean Evansville initiative. It's a community project where residents spend select Saturdays picking up trash around the city.

Keep Evansville Beautiful focuses on keeping Evansville clean.

"Keep in mind that initially, we are responsible for our own property," Holtz said.

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