Much More Than Trash

Wesley Sloat

Although rainstorms assaulted the quarterly Junk in the Trunk bulk item amnesty day at the Gulfport 49th Street Neighborhood Center, the plants – including the 25 crepe myrtles available – loved the showers. As the rains died, and even as the storms raged, people came by to check out the donations, drop off unwanted items of their own, or trade a sack of canned goods for a crepe myrtle.

The quarterly event, the brainchild of the Gulfport Neighbors, offers people a way to rid their homes, garages and yards of large items that would otherwise cost them at least $17 to have the city collect curbside. Unlike curbside collection, usable items get a second chance at a new life at a donation table before going into the trash.

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