Harrisburg officials talk trash for trash can giveaway

Officials in Harrisburg are talking trash…clean up that is.

Under the “Keep Harrisburg Clean” Campaign, City Council leaders and County Commissioners held a free trash can giveaway at the city’s Public Works Facility on the 1800 block of Paxton Street.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents stopped by to get their free can and recycling bin.

Trash in the city is known to be a huge problem.

“If you could imagine what it smells like in some of these alleys that the bags are out there laying on the ground as we speak. Kids play in these alleys because there’s not a lot of places for them to go to or the parents can’t afford to put them in the programs. They’re playing in alleys that are really uninhabitable,” City Council Vice President Sandra Reid said.

Officials say they are giving away hundreds of trash cans as a tool.

In order to get a complimentary trash can, residents had to show I.D. and sign a pledge of understanding to the laws of the city.