Spring cleaning has begun in Walton County.
To help residents dispose of trash such as yard debris, tires, appliances and other miscellaneous items, District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander and Public Works are hosting a Community Clean-Up Weekend at Legion Park from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday March 8 to Sunday March 10.
The Walton County Public Works Department will be providing Dumpsters for residents to unload their excess trash. Crew and equipment will be on-hand to help off-load heavy items. Separate recycling trailers will also be on-site to take newspapers, glass, aluminum and other metals. Hazardous wastes such as poisons, paint, gasoline and other flammables will not be accepted for this event.
"It keeps people from throwing stuff on the side of the road that becomes an eyesore," said Rusty Floyd, Walton County landfill manager.
Clean-up days were common before about 2004, said Comander. When she took her seat in 2006, Comander decided to bring back frequent clean-up days and now currently holds three to four a year.
"Some of the people I serve in locations such as Choctaw Beach and Villa Tasso are a long way away [from the landfill]," she said. "And when you're a little old lady with a car like me, you still need a truck to take it."
Comander makes it a point to attend as many of the community clean-ups as she can.
"If my men are going to work, then I have to be there right along them," she said. "It also gives me a chance to talk to my constituents, which is wonderful."
Right now, Comander is trying to rearrange her schedule to show up at least once over the weekend. In the past, the community clean-ups only lasted a day.
"We're going to try it and see if it works," Comander said of extending the clean-up. "Hopefully, it will get more residents involved. You never know until you try."
Comander admitted unwanted items have made their way into the woods and on county roads in the past.
"Which is not cool," she exclaimed.
She hopes bringing the Dumpsters to the residents she serves will encourage them to do the right thing.
"In my heart I believe people want to be good," Comander said. "I hope residents take full advantage of it."