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Old 01-29-2010, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Preach it, sister! I also keep a little notebook in my car and report those throwing cigarettes out at the red lights to the Swat a Litterbug thing.

NCDOT Roadside Environmental Unit
Swat-a-Litterbug is a great program I've been participating in for years. I especially love reporting drivers of state vehicles

There is a fan page for Swat-A-Litterbug on Facebook if anyone wants to join.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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We had a successful highway clean-up last weekend and our 2 hour 2 mile stretch 12 person crew netted 26 bags, a truss, tire, rubber pipe and painting bucket; 1/2 of the bags we collected will be recycled.

With the large influx of people coming into this great state I'm concerned that the litter problem will only get worse.

Sure, the immates could be doing this but they aren't and they never will so I'm hoping someone reading this will be prompted into action to their very own highway.

At the end of our time together we all felt like we had accomplished something and it was so nice to hear a "thank you" from the fire fighters that travel Purnell on way to their fire station daily.

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Old 02-27-2010, 05:07 PM
 
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I walk nearly every day, weather permitting, and I always bring along several plastic grocery bags so I can pick up garbage while walking. I change my walking route on a regular basis to try and keep up with the litter bugs around here.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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We had a successful highway clean-up last weekend and our 2 hour 2 mile stretch 12 person crew netted 26 bags, a truss, tire, rubber pipe and painting bucket; 1/2 of the bags we collected will be recycled.

With the large influx of people coming into this great state I'm concerned that the litter problem will only get worse.

Sure, the immates could be doing this but they aren't and they never will so I'm hoping someone reading this will be prompted into action to their very own highway.

At the end of our time together we all felt like we had accomplished something and it was so nice to hear a "thank you" from the fire fighters that travel Purnell on way to their fire station daily.

DSCN2927.jpg picture by DonnaWebs - Photobucket
awesome
Im glad you are showing pride in where you live.
It great your a proud North Carolinian.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:54 PM
 
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I am not a "green" person by any means but I hate trash and I've never seen anything like the roads in and around the Triangle. What kind of people throw trash out of a car window??? As much as I couldn't stand NJ, you don't see trash like that on the roads. I would be willing to pick up some trash too.
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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We used to have pretty clean roadways when I was a kid/teen. The population exploded and so did the trash. Thanks for the info on swatting a litter bug!
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:47 AM
 
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Way to go Second Right!

"Trash on the ground, Trash on the ground
Looking like a fool with the trash on the ground"
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:49 AM
 
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Some newcomers come from a country where littering is simply a way of life. I've read many articles about it. Here's just one: Litter Choking Streets Throughout Mexico

That's just one part of the problem. Another is that NC doesn't have a bottle bill. One senator tried to get one pass, but he's having trouble getting it moving. Big businesses (bottlers and others) are against it.

Another reason might be that when we (by "we" I mean baby boomers) were young, we saw anti-litter commercials all the time on TV. (Remember the Indian and the tear rolling down his face?) I think that taught us that litter was a big deal. No such campaign has been underway for more-recent generations, unfortunately.

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Old 02-28-2010, 12:03 PM
 
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Is this all garbage from the car? I can't imagine someone would bring their garbage from home to dump on the roads. So strange. This is where tax money should be used.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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I too am astonished by all the littering on the highways. I am from Cleveland, Ohio and have never, ever seen trash littering the highways as I do here. There are laws in Ohio for littering and they have signs all down the highways, and it is strictly enforced. It is really an embarressment to this city. My relatives that come to visit are really starting to think that this area is dirty because of all the trash they see.
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