My church (Prospect United Methodist) in Ebony, Va., adopted a stretch of road through the VDOT program to pick up litter and trash. We are asked to clean up our roadway three to four times a year. We have been doing this for a number of years now, and each time our clean up crew goes out, we fill 20 to 25 large bags of litter. In 3.2 miles of 903, we fill up this many bags every three or four months!
We recently cleaned up our section, but as we drove off our adopted highway, we were dismayed by how the roads looked. It is sad and disgusting how much trash is littered on our roads. We have this beautiful lake setting area that many of us have been fortunate enough to retire at, and it’s embarrassing when we bring visitors to the lake.
I understand that littering is illegal in Virginia. (Littering is illegal. Most people are unaware of littering fines. Section 33.1-346 of the Code of Virginia makes littering or dumping trash a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500.) And did you know that Brunswick County has a litter control council? I will be attending their next meeting.
A few of us from church have been picking up trash outside of our adopted area. In a couple of weeks, we have picked up 45 bags on the way to our 100-bag goal. If VDOT asks that we clean our adopted roads on a regular basis, why can’t we demand VDOT do the same on their un-adopted roads? It is our tax money, and we are not getting a good return for our dollars.
Thanks for letting me vent. I feel better now.