Residents can earn extra cash while ridding of blight

JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Residents can earn some extra cash while helping to clear the streets on April 5.

The city's 24 month program, Operation Urban Blight, has collected and removed 496.45 tons of trash which equals 200 F-150 trucks and 4,173 tires. The program began in October of 2013.

Anthoneshia Mitchell is a mother of three who is not afraid to get her hands dirty. Mitchell says the stench of a dead animal reeked in a gated area near her home for several days. She decided to take matters in her own hands by throwing it out herself.

"That's the one important thing to do is pick up trash from the neighborhood," said Mitchell.

That sentiment is not shared by everyone. In in effort to clean up Jacksonville's streets, city crews over the past few months have tackled various neighborhoods.

Their current area of focus is within Mitchell's neighborhood on the northwest side of Jacksonville. For her, ridding communities of eyesores and hazards is mainly for the little ones.

Operation Urban Blight will take things up a notch on April 5 with a tire buyback event, which organizers say is expected to collect around 25,000 tires in one day.

People will be able to sell up to 10 of them for $2 each. Snip signs will be bought for 50 cents each.

Mitchell says it's a step in the right direction but in order to keep Jacksonville's streets clean everyone needs to pitch in.

The Saturday buy back event will be held at EverBank Field, Lot J from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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