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Tarps to be given away Thursday at fairgrounds
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Spring is here and it’s time to start thinking about keeping our county beautiful, which is the purpose of the eighth Tarp the Truck event tomorrow, May 5, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the fairground convenience center.The program, which is funded by a TDOT grant, provides a free 8x10-foot tarpaulin to the first 150 residents who bring at least one bag of recyclable material to the fairground convenience center.Litter grant coordinator Mary Lou Ward says the grant was established to help reduce litter on Warren County roads.“This is an effort to prevent litter from blowing out of the backs of trucks as residents transport their trash to the convenience centers,” Ward said. “That’s what the free tarps are all about. With a tarp over the truck bed, the trash, or other items, will stay where they belong and not on our roads.”Recyclable items include aluminum cans, plastic containers, cardboard, paper or any other recyclable material accepted at the fairgrounds convenience center.Ward says it’s important to go green these days, noting the concept is spreading throughout the county with Morrison and other schools developing recycling programs.“It’s really been making a difference,” Ward said.