While birds chirped away, two Sherman men spent the first day of spring break picking up other people’s trash.

While birds chirped away, two Sherman men spent the first day of spring break picking up other people’s trash.


Kevin Williams, a Tyson employee, and Dwayne Drew, a culinary arts student, are friends who have banded together to clean up their neighborhood.


Monday they were cleaning Rusk Street starting from West Lamar Street. They had filled four, eight-gallon bags by mid-morning, but expected to finish with six. "Today isn’t a busy day," said Williams standing under a warm sun. Usually they see trash like bottles, cigarette wrappers, and diapers.


The pair said neighbors have thanked them for their work, particularly one man who they suspected owned one vacant lot they clean regularly.


"We certainly encourage everybody who is willing and able to (pick up trash)," Sherman Public Works Director Clay Barnett said. He added that implementing litter control is "hard to enforce." He said he believes that litter habits are "something that people who throw trash out their window have to change." On occasion his department cleans neighborhood debris.


Drew said he and Williams do the clean up every other day and two have been cleaning for a month and a half. They have not felt the need to create a community coalition or involve the municipality. "Don’t have nothing else to do," explained Drew, "between working and school."


The city of Sherman revived Keep Sherman Beautiful last year with the mission to "empower Sherman citizens of all ages to take responsibility for their environment."


Lauren Roth, a Keep Sherman Beautiful spokesman, said currently on the agenda is a proposal "for neighborhood clean-up" to ensure "each neighborhood takes charge of its own area." Roth said she hopes the neighborhoods will "take pride" in "making it look nice." She was unaware of any homeowner’s association or neighborhood clean-up organization.


Williams said, cleaning "feel(s) like you’re doing something." As an afterthought, he added, It’s "nice to see it clean."


"My kids, they love doing it," said Drew, who has one biological child and three adopted children. Williams chuckled about the children’s absence. "They think they don’t have to do nothing ‘cause they’re on break today," he explained.


Drew said he would tell litterers, if he could, to "just wait ‘til you get to the store (to) throw it away, or wait ‘til you get home."


Williams laughed saying people litter because "they don’t have to pick it up."


Keep Sherman Beautiful needs "people willing to help us initiate (projects)," said Roth. Roth said she believes litter is "not intentional but people should pay attention to how they take care of their neighborhood."


On her surveyor trips Ross said she found that "back behind Best Buy, that whole fence is covered in trash, blown in from (the area around) Walmart, the movie theater, a bag flown out from your car."


"People need to be more aware that there is a litter problem," Ross said.


Keep Sherman Beautiful and the Sherman Parks & Recreation Department will hold a kickoff themed "Kick Winter to the Curb" on April 5. At the event the new logo for Keep Sherman Beautiful will be unveiled. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/KeepShermanBeautiful.