In an effort to combat litter and waste, the city of Semmes will be hosting its annual Community Cleanup Day March 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.

With winter fading and spring emerging, the event will encourage friends, families and nearby neighborhoods to participate in keeping Semmes beautiful.

“The significance of this cleanup day will show just how much the citizens of this community care about their home and the opportunity to volunteer,” Brandi Michelsen, project coordinator for the city of Semmes, said.

Registered teams of five or more volunteers will be provided with gloves, garbage bags and sunscreen by the city in hopes of bringing the community and neighborhoods together for the greater good and also to showcase the natural beauty and appeal of Semmes.

“The citizens asked for more community events in our comprehensive plan. What better time of year to beautify the community than spring?” Mayor Judith Hale said.

The spring cleanup will mainly focus on areas in close vicinity to public places such as the Semmes Library, parks, schools and neighborhoods.

“This is the first cleanup since March 10, 2012, when the city focused on beautifying the Semmes Library campus — we cleaned up trash, flower beds, planted new flowers and trees,” Michelsen said.

Volunteers assisting in the cleanup will allow the community to see immediate and tangible results from neighborhood improvement activities.

Just by sprucing up public areas within the city through the removal of trash, junk and other debris can increase influence and provide other significant benefits to a small, humble town such as Semmes. Not only can litter-free lawns boost the city’s appearance, but social involvement can strengthen the community.

“The groups that will be coming together are diverse, and it’s a great chance to meet new people and become an even stronger community and family-oriented place to live,” Michelsen said.

The city of Semmes has high expectations for the Community Cleanup Day, hoping for 100 devoted volunteers to give a few hours of their time for one charitable occasion.

During the last cleanup, 75 dedicated volunteers ranging from age from 10 to 70 went above and beyond for their small town by picking up paper, plastic bottles and other rubbish.  

Many trashed household items can be recycled for future use such as plastic soda bottles, milk jugs, juice bottles, beer cans, corrugated (flattened) cardboard, magazines, phone books, cereal boxes and even glass jars.

The city will provide two sets of garbage bags for each volunteer, making it simple to separate trash from recyclables. All recyclable items will be taken to the Mobile County Recycling Center on Hitt Road.

An appreciation lunch consisting of sandwiches, chips and drinks will be held for registered volunteers at the Semmes Honor Park at 1 p.m. Prizes such as totes, tumblers and tote planters will be raffled the same day.

For more information regarding the Community Cleanup Day or registering a team, please contact Brandi Michelsen at 251-649-8811 or brandimichelsen@cityofsemmes.org. The first 100 registered participants will receive a T-shirt.

“Along with the work that our public works department is doing on cleaning up right-of-ways in Semmes, Community Cleanup Day will provide for the opportunity to clean up neighborhoods that may not be in our city limits proper,” Mayor Hale said.