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Chatham's litter problem

By Chris Boyce
Posted Saturday, February 24, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - The litter problem must be bad since so many of us have been noticing it. In recent weeks while running along 15-501 north of downtown Pittsboro, I've been really taken aback by how much trash is along that road. It is really bad! The bulk of it consists of water and soda bottles, while the rest is made up of beer cans, cigarette packages, fast food bags, and everything else under the sun.

When I at one point stepped on a soda bottle that was obscured by some grass, the result was a twisted ankle. After saying a few choice words and running through the pain, I was fine again. Later I was pleased to see a woman bagging up trash along the street in Sherwood Forest. I thanked her as I ran by, but felt guilty that I wasn't out there doing the same.

The rate at which some people trash the roadsides here can make one feel like picking it up is not worth the effort. There is a street near my house that is always littered with trash. One day over the summer someone went through and cleaned it up. The street looked great for a few days, but within a few weeks it was completely trashed again!

Still, more of us, myself included, should get out there and clean the roads. Along with this I'd like to see more enforcement of littering laws.

I'm not sure exactly how this would be done, but something must be!

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