Thursday, June 4, 2009

Litterers be damned

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I am so sick of hiking through trails of debris at local parks -- and everyone who hikes with me is sick of me bitching about all of the trash we find.

The other day, I actually caught a kid tossing Now and Later wrappers over his right shoulder as he gobbled them on his way down a trail at Latta Plantation. When I showed him my handful of his trash and asked why he did it, he shrugged and walked off. Why I oughta ...

Now, I hike with a trash bag. Why? Because I respect the trails enough to clean them up. I shouldn't have to do that, though. People should know better. Unfortunately, they don't.

That's why I now have this number programmed into my cell phone: 1-877-368-4968. It's for the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Swat-a-Litterbug program.

I know, it's a little stalker-ish and it won't help the nature trails, but you can bet I'm calling the next time I see a beer can fly out of the back of Bubba's big truck.

The Swat-A-Litterbug Program is an educational effort administered by the Office of Beautification Programs within the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Littering North Carolina roadways is not an acceptable behavior - never has been! Some people simply need to be informed and reminded that their littering, whether deliberate or unintentional, can end with their personal commitment to stop.

Fortunately, I'm not the only one who feels better when there's less trash scattered on the ground. Meet the Trash Faries:

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