Trash talking becomes popular

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 13, 2003

Demopolis City Councilman Woody Collins has figured out the newspaper industry.

Collins wasn’t talking about trashy stories found in grocery-story publications. He was talking about real, street-polluting, eye-burning trash.

And Collins is serious when he says the phone hasn’t stopped.

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Not only do people play a lot of golf on the coast, they also use the golf carts for more important purposes.

Another call came from a person who suggested the students who serve suspensions at the Old School might serve as healthy bodies who can carry plastic bags around town cleaning up the mess on the streets.

Collins admits he doesn’t have the time to personally carry out a litter-control program. However, the ideas he has received from citizens has made it perfectly clear that people are interested in helping.

That idea might have the most merit, considering what happened to Amy Duckett during one of her morning walks.

Those trash-filled mornings inspired Duckett to begin Earth Day in Demopolis every spring. This year, Earth Day will be held on April 12, ands she does believe the program has made a difference.

For instance, a science teacher at Demopolis High School has helped spur the program so much that she gives any student that brings in 10 bags of trash a 100 on a major test, according to Duckett.

No matter what programs are instilled, though, Duckett said it’s up to citizens to help clean up the city.

The short of the story is that the man said "My bad," picked up his garbage and didn’t litter the parking lot.