Mississippi’s Lower Delta Partnership is recruiting community businesses and organizations to partner with to combat littering in Sharkey and Issaquena Counties. The “Dunk It – Don’t Junk It” campaign is an effort to reduce unsightly road/creek/yard litter in the two county region. This effort will kick off in March and continue throughout the remainder of 2021.
The pandemic has led to an increase in trash and a new form of litter, used personal protection equipment like gloves and masks and an increase in takeout containers. That in addition to the already present litter presents an unattractive view of our cities and towns. LDP Coordinator, Meg Cooper, stated that roadside litter and dumping is a problem that affects every place and has detrimental effects on those communities where it goes unresolved. No one individual or organization can solve this problem – it’s too big, but we believe that by working together, we can make a difference.
The South Delta is a wonderful, caring community, but the ever-present litter sends a different message. We want everyone visiting or passing through to know we care about each other and our little part of the world. We are asking every business, church, school, civic organization, and unit of government to join us as a partner in this effort, and the only thing we ask is that each partner commit to “adopting” an area to keep clean. This can be a business parking lot, your front yard, a street in your town, a roadside, ditch, or empty lot that needs a little love. We also hope each individual will be responsible for their own personal trash and Dunk It – Don’t Junk It!
The “Dunk It – Don’t Junk It” campaign will be hosting clean-up events and several other activities in the months to come. Anyone wanting more information or to partner in this initiative may contact the LDP office at 873-6261.