Letter: Grab some bags and join the Clean-Up

The “Community Clean-Up” of Rappahannock County roadsides and unsightly dump sites is once again underway! This year the Clean-Up is in the fall because of the late-winter snows and challenges with the spring schedule for schools, VDOT and other potential participants.

As many citizens, property owners, families, friends, churches, schools, scout groups, businesses and other organizations as possible are encouraged to participate in this annual community activity. This is a great time to organize groups and select a section of a road that is meaningful or perhaps unsightly and particularly strewn with trash. It’s also a good opportunity for “Adopt-a-Highway” groups to get their members focused on their adopted road, as well as new groups deciding upon a stretch of road. The rest of the month of October and most of the month of November will be the designated timeframe for this year’s pick-up, although citizens are welcome and encouraged to pick up trash anytime, year round.

Participants may use their own bags, or they may use sturdy orange bags provided by VDOT (available at the VDOT station next to the Flatwood Transfer and Recycling facility, or contacting me (see below). Bags and other articles collected during any clean-up may be taken by individuals or groups to the two county refuse locations, or may be left a safe distance from the roadway at the pick-up location, where VDOT crews will provide pick-up assistance upon request. For contacting VDOT about a specific location, call 540-987-8939 and a work order will be submitted. Participants are reminded that wood and metal should not be taken to the Flatwood recycling facility, but may be taken to the Amissville location.

Additional reminders and notices will be posted here in the Rappahannock News and on Rappnet. Pictures and short videos of clean-up efforts are welcome and may be submitted to the paper [editor@rappnews.com], and “found object trash art” is also encouraged. For any additional information, contact me, the clean-up coordinator, at 540-987-8888, or the call the county administrator’s office at 540-675-5530.

Let’s all grab some bags and help in this valuable community effort to help keep Rappahannock the special place it is!

Hunt Harris

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