RUSTBURG, VA - Across the nation, communities, such as ours have decided to take litter abatement in their own hands, and engage citizens and businesses to volunteer to target high-litter areas, thus improving the overall quality of life for us all.
In March of last year, Campbell County launched he Keep Campbell County Beauitful Campaign, which is a joint endeavor with the Commonwealth of Virginia's Keep Virginia Beautiful effort to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment. The program is based upon a shared responsibility between local government, and its residents and guests to end littering, improve recycling and beautify communities in Virginia.
Along with the focus of the campaign, staff developed two programs geared towards targeting high-litter areas, and environmental stewardship. These are the 'Give Us 5, Campbell Challenge', which encourages residents to commit to five feet, five minutes for five days to litter pick up in areas they frequent, and the 'Campbell County Green Team' initiative which supplies groups of volunteers with supplies to clean sections of the community designated as high-litter areas.
Since the launch, volunteers have donated an amazing 229 hours of service and collected 276 bags of litter.
"High litter areas such as Suburban, Calohan, Candler's Mountain, English Tavern, Lawyers, and Leesville Roads, as well as specific areas of Campbell, Village and Colonial Highways and the 29 North/South corridor have been targeted by volunteers," notes Beth Worth, program coordinator. "In addition, our volunteers have worked diligently to help keep our school areas and parks clean, and our Public Works Department has helped with collection when it was too much for our volunteers to handle."
Citizens may volunteer to lead a Green Team by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org, or take the 'Give Us 5, Campbell Pledge,' and commit to five feet, five minutes for five days - to help clean up areas near their home, places of business, or just places they visit in the locality.
"Spring is almost here, and that's a great time to both enjoy the outdoors and volunteer to make a difference at the same time," said Worth. "So, in that respect, we are once again asking citizens to join us and help put an end to unsightly litter in our neighborhoods, parks and near our businesses."
For more information on the Keep Campbell County Beautiful campaign, please visit www.campbellcountyva.gov, or contact the Public and Employee Relations Department at (434) 332-9818 or email@example.com.