Litter is piling up all over Bladen County and we need a solution. It kills wildlife, looks disgusting, is hazardous to our health, and clean up doesn’t come cheap.
Litter clean-up costs the U.S. more than an estimated $11.5 billion each year.
Folks need to realize they are causing a real problem when they litter. When you litter, you are not just affecting yourself.
Indirect costs include the degree to which litter reduces the value of real estate, deters a customer from entering a business, or a new employer from locating to a community. This issue affects our whole community.
Keep Bladen Beautiful promotes recycling, solid waste handling practices, and encourages individuals to take a great responsibility for improving our community environments. However, volunteers are needed for this collaborative.
Local towns have trash cluttered in parking lots and at store fronts. Some of the roads affected in Bladen County are Mercer Mill Road, Peanut Plant Road, Richardson Road, Cromartie Road, and Owen Hill Road.
Respect our resources. Our resources are limited and it’s a shame to have to expend our limited resources to pick up litter.
A theme in all responses when asked what can be done about the litter, people need to pick up after themselves. To help in the solution there are several options.
- Do not litter.
- Store owners need to clean up their store fronts and parking lots. Also, Offering trash cans outside the stores may help on the litter.
- Ask our local law enforcement officers to crack down on people that choose to litter.
- Contact our elected officials and ask for help. Click here for a link to their contact information.
- Clean up our own yards.
- Volunteer your time with Keep Bladen Beautiful.
- Form a team and adopt a highway. Contact, Becky White, Bladen and Columbus County Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator, 910-642-3760, visit ncdot.gov, or call 800-628-4394.
- Start discussions and raise awareness.
There is a lesson in all this… let’s be classy, not trashy.Share: