Mary Brown, left, and Eric Douglas work to place more than a dozen barrels around town as part of the Brewton Reborn program.
Mary Brown, left, and Eric Douglas work to place more than a dozen barrels around town as part of the Brewton Reborn program.

Barreling ahead: Trash receptacles in place

Published 3:00am Saturday, July 6, 2013

Drivers traveling through Brewton may notice a few new pieces of art around the city with the  more than a dozen brightly-painted trash barrels now in place.
Brewton’s director of program management, Connie Baggett, was joined by two other volunteer workers — Mary Brown and Eric Douglas  — Wednesday to position the “Brewton Reborn” trash receptacles in the downtown area. “We have about 40 cans sponsored already,” Baggett said. “We have 14 ready and are working on 15 more right now.”
Baggett said the search is on now for more barrels to meet the demand for sponsored cans.
“We are looking for more barrels and more artists to take care of the assignments we already have,” Baggett said.
The artsy barrels will be situated around Brewton to remind residents and visitors to pick up and dispose of trash and waste properly — a chore that will help keep the streets of Brewton clean.
The Brewton Reborn project began recently and was developed by Baggett and other members of the staff of the City of Brewton.
Part of the project will also focus on re-uniting members of the community through simple acts including going for a walk in the neighborhood or organizing a potluck block party — activities planned to bring a community together, Baggett said.
“You can’t stop a unified town,” Baggett said.
Starting in July, the city will deploy colorful trash barrels throughout town to help remind residents of the need to pick up litter. Those barrels, painted by volunteers and sponsored by businesses, groups and individuals, are a visible sign of what needs to be done.
Baggett said sponsorships are still available and artists will be given the assignment to create a barrel for sponsors once payment is made.
To sponsor a barrel or for more information about the Brewton Reborn project, contact Baggett at 809-1777.

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