The City of Opelika is bringing back its Don’t Be An Ope-loser! anti-litter campaign and Slam Dunk The Junk event in an effort to educate and encourage visitors and citizens to keep the community clean. City employees put out brightly painted trash cans throughout the city with educational, basketball-themed messages about anti-littering.
“We would like to thank the Opelika High School Art Classes for designing and painting our cans this year. These students are incredibly talented. OHS Art Teacher Jeff Conway has been a great partner with the city on a number of projects and we are always happy when students can showcase their work – especially for such a great campaign,” said Leigh Krehling, Community Relations Officer for the City of Opelika.
The Slam Dunk The Junk community clean-up event will be on April 22, 2023 and will begin at Courthouse Square at 9 a.m. Participants can pick up their supplies, provided by Keep Opelika Beautiful, at the square and will be given a list of locations to pick up litter. This is a great opportunity for friends and family to give back to the community.
“There is a also a Wellness Fair happening that day at the square, so this is a perfect day to clean up and educate the public. Litter is harmful to human health, safety, welfare, the environment and it has a negative effect on economic development. We need to all do our part to keep Opelika looking beautiful,” said Mayor Gary Fuller.
During the event, the city will have fun events happening and prizes to give away, and is giving a biscuit and drink to anyone who returns to Courthouse Square with collected trash.