Smithfield led their fourth annual cleanup Wednesday along the canal in Middlesboro as part of Kentucky’s PRIDE initiative.
The nine volunteers from Smithfield collected seven bags of trash and waste as well as shopping carts and tires along the banks of the canal.
Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE) spans 42 counties in the Commonwealth. It was launched in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and Gen. James Bickford to encourage citizens to restore natural beauty in their neighborhood environments.
“It’s important to keep the city clean and especially the waterways. The employees see that and they want to do something about it,” said Smithfield employee Dorothy Collett.
Collett believes this year there is less trash than in years before due to the continued efforts of the Smithfield employees.
“The more people that know about this, the more people want to volunteer. They want to help and that’s a great feeling,” said Smithfield employee Dorothy Collett.
PRIDE links federal, state and local agencies and funding to teach the importance of water quality, solid waste and environmental education.
The Smithfield cleanup will benefit Saturday’s Fish Fest along the canal.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.