Local volunteers using posters, holding people accountable for keeping downtown clean

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Sunday, July, 16, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- On a Sunday morning, there may not be a lot of people walking on Broad Street, but there is a lot of trash hanging around. Items like beer bottles, food, and even baby diapers lining the streets of downtown.

Operation Clean City is a volunteer organization that spends every Sunday morning picking up what weekend crowds leave behind.

"You really do notice it more when you see all of the litter and all of the trash. It makes you more aware because you're the person cleaning it up on Sundays" said Kate Dailey, volunteer.

The group is usually silent about what they do, cleaning the area without saying a word to anyone. But now they're speaking up.

"It really does affect how people view downtown, and I would really like to see more people be aware of what their actions do, it's a cumulative effort" said Dailey.

Now when you walk down Broad Street, you'll see posters with sayings like "no excuses" on them and photos of trash cans. They're using them to hold people accountable for their trash.

There are more than 43 trash cans along Broad Street, and they hope the signs will make people use them.

"Use them. They're there for you to use. There street is not your trash can, the sidewalk is not your trash can. We're watching you can we know what you're doing" said Glen Ford, Operation Clean City.

The organization has the support of local business owners and even Mayor Hardie Davis Jr.

"It made me feel really good. I hope we can grow and work together. I have big plans and I hope the Mayor and commissioners can work together with me."

The organization hopes to expand beyond downtown and clean other areas like parks and libraries. They meet every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. at Artus on Broad Street. For more information on how you can get involved, click the link below:

Operation Clean City