Keep Cov­ing­ton-New­ton Beau­ti­ful

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Dear Ed­i­tor: As a mem­ber of Keep Cov­ing­ton-New­ton Beau­ti­ful’s ex­ec­u­tive board, I would like to thank you for bring­ing at­ten­tion to the prob­lem of lit­ter in New­ton County. As you men­tioned in your ed­i­to­rial, lit­ter can im­pact eco­nomic devel­op­ment and the way new and prospec­tive busi­nesses feel about our com­mu­nity. Like­wise, lit­ter has a neg­a­tive im­pact on our own views of our com­mu­nity. Re­search has also shown that a lit­tered en­vi­ron­ment in­creases per­sonal stress lev­els.

For­tu­nately, lit­ter is a prob­lem that all of us can help solve. While there are peo­ple who in­ten­tion­ally throw lit­ter out their ve­hi­cle win­dows, a good deal of lit­ter is the re­sult of loose items blow­ing out of truck beds. There­fore, it’s im­por­tant to keep truck beds clean and make sure trash bags are se­cured as we trans­port them to col­lec­tion sites.

We can also make a dif­fer­ence by pick­ing up lit­ter around our busi­nesses, homes and neigh­bor­hoods, even if, as is usu­ally the case, we’re not the ones who put it there.

Pick­ing up lit­ter not only leaves us with a cleaner com­mu­nity but can give us a sense of ac­com­plish­ment. In th­ese days when many prob­lems seem in­sur­mount­able, pick­ing up lit­ter is a way for us to have a pos­i­tive im­pact with min­i­mal ef­fort. A lit­ter pick up can even be a fun ac­tiv­ity when done in the com­pany of fam­ily and friends.

The Great Amer­i­can Clean Up is sched­uled for March 23, but KCNB en­cour­ages groups and in­di­vid­u­als to lend a hand in clean­ing our com­mu­nity be­fore that date. For free trash bags, sug­ges­tions on where to clean, and/or in­for­ma­tion about the Adopt-a-Mile pro­gram, please con­tact the KCNB of­fice at (770) 784-2015.

Sara Vin­son

KCNB Ex­ec­u­tive Board Chair

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