Tupelo: Winter weather playing factor in litter pick-up

According to Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, people can pay off their city fines by picking up trash, and due to the winter weather, they don’t work as often.

Posted: Feb 24, 2020 9:25 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Some people in Tupelo say they’ve had it with the litter on their streets.

One such place is the Barnes Crossing area, where empty bottles and French fry containers can be seen littered across the ground.

Mayor Jason Shelton said the problem has not improved since last year.

According to the mayor, people can pay off their city fines by picking up trash, and due to the winter weather, they don’t work as often.

People also tend to throw away more trash following the holiday season, Shelton said. Less work and more trash equal a higher likelihood of littering.

Kathryn Rhea, of Keep Tupelo Beautiful, said the vegetation is not hiding the ground garbage during the colder months.

Keep Tupelo Beautiful started the Tupelo Trash Challenge to encourage non-littering.

"We really need citizens to help,” she said. “There is so much trash, and we cannot do it alone. We are encouraging people to get out, take a video, take a selfie, and then encourage their friends to do the same."

Shelton said the city is discussing a plan to hire homeless men and woman, and temp workers, to pick up litter.

The Tupelo City Council hopes to approve the plan next month.

In the meantime, anyone caught littering could be fined up to $500.

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