Residents and business owners on Youngstown’s South Side said they were surprised on Friday when they awoke to see trash covering Midlothian and South Avenue.
Mostly shredded newspapers and advertisements were found on the side of the road. A good portion was found in front of Metro Assembly Church.
On Fridays, youth members of the church go out and clean up surrounding neighborhoods.
“It kind of surprised us and of course we don’t want to assume how it got there, but what we want to do is try to get people mobilized to clean it up as best they can,” said Metro Assembly Pastor Al Yanno.
If a moderate amount of trash blows onto private property, it is up to the homeowner or business to pick it up. Jennifer Jones with Green Youngstown said there are exceptions, and help is available for those than can’t manage to clear debris from their yard.
“It it’s something you can’t handle. If it’s something in the middle of the roadway and it’s not safe for you to get it, contact your municipality, contact the city,” Jones said.
Jones said a lot of debris comes from unsecured loads on trucks. She urged residents to get a license number or business name if they witness debris falling from a vehicle.