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Keeping Franklin County beautiful
Dear editor:

I recently retired from the Franklin County Solid Waste Department as Keep America Beautiful coordinator, which, of course, means I was involved in promoting a clean, litter free county.

As I ride the roads of Franklin County today, I can’t help but notice that the amount of trash on the roadways is appalling, and it certainly does not promote the county in a good way.

After years of working in the litter reduction business, I have found that a very large percentage of roadside litter is there because it blows out of trucks or vehicles that do not have the trash properly covered and secured.

It is not done on purpose, nor with bad intentions, but merely because we don’t take the time to secure our load before hauling our trash.

Simple nets are available at several retail stores at very reasonable prices, and would certainly solve the problem, but we must act to make that happen.

I have lived in Franklin County all of my life, and I think it’s the best place in the world to live, work and raise your children, but I must admit I am concerned about the extraordinary amount of trash littering our roadways.

I know we all want visitors to our county to see the beautiful, pristine countryside, and say how beautiful it is, but that won’t happen unless we keep our highways clean.

We have a great group of volunteers who are working hard to keep our roads clean, but with help from all our citizens, it can become a reality. Please make sure to safely secure your trash before hauling, and you’ll see immediate results.

If you would like to know more, or want to volunteer, contact your Franklin County Solid Waste Department. Let’s all do what we can to Keep Franklin County Beautiful.

Ed Shearin
Louisburg

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Members Opinions:
April 11, 2014 at 12:57pm
I agree with you, Ed. Thanks for writing. We sure do miss you on the Solid Waste Task Force.

It won't be long before this ugly litter will be hidden in tall grass and the mowers will be coming through leaving a bigger mess. Some of the litter will be washed into the creeks and the Tar River. This couldn't be good for our fresh water.

I'm going to do my part and pick up as much litter as I can, especially before it gets mowed into bits and pieces. When there is no litter on the roadside, it looks so pretty after it is mowed.
April 12, 2014 at 7:54am
Edgars, if you plan to pick up the litter along some of the roadsides, make sure you wear one of those orange vests for safety, so that cars can see you. Also, keep a piece of paper and pen handy to write down any license tags of those who might happen to litter while you're out there cleaning up their mess.
April 12, 2014 at 3:57pm
John, we do wear safety vest especially when picking up litter as a group and it does make it safer. DOT furnishes us with the big nice mesh vests. I don't think they have the little cheap plastic vest any more.

Over the years, while out on the road picking up litter, I have seen many people pass by on their way to the dump,with items blowing out of their truck beds. Not just one piece but a bunch of stuff. These folks were nice enough to stop and pick up their mess. Had we not been present, I have wondered if they would have stopped.



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