For the past two (2) Saturdays, the Police Department’s Code Enforcement Division, in partnership with the City Public Works Department, Waste Management Systems and Revolution Church, has conducted an event coined, “Dumpster Days.” This new program has been a huge success in different segments of our community. Large refuse roll-off containers were delivered first on August 6, 2016 to the Canton Village Shopping Center parking lot off Marietta Rd. followed by additional containers that were delivered to an area near the Canton Paw-Park off Juniper St. on August 13, 2016.
Additionally, during the event on August 13th, Revolution Church sent over one-hundred (100) volunteers to help clean up the area near and around Juniper Street. Furthermore, the Church provided , hotdogs, jump houses for children, Spanish Interpreters to speak with citizens and even provided haircuts to those who are less fortunate that live in the area.
As a result of this joint initiative and everyone’s hard work, the Dumpster Days events removed eleven (11) fully loaded roll-off containers full of refuse and eleven (11) dump truck loads of trash. The junk that was removed from these segments of our community included mattresses, sofas, large appliances, over ninety (90) tires and a multitude of other waste from residential yards, ditches and wooded areas. In all, over thirty-one (31) tons of rubbish was removed from these locations in our City.
Furthermore, this new program in the future will be held one (1) Saturday a month in locations that are identified by Code Enforcement through complaints, enforcement and patrols as areas that have issues with trash, refuse and junk in and around streets, wooded areas and residences. At this time, the Police Department’s Code Enforcement Officers are working to identify upcoming event dates and urges our citizens to monitor the City’s website, Facebook page and the agency’s social media pages for updates and further information.
Chief of Police Mark J. Mitchell stated, “This program is an excellent example of how partnerships and working together can make a huge impact on our community. I cannot commend our Officers, Waste Management Systems, the City Public Works Department and Revolution Church enough for their dedication, effort and passion with this project. Furthermore, the combined focus and work to clean up these parts of our community will go a long way toward reducing the potential for criminal activity which greatly increases the quality of life for the citizens we serve.”