My work involves supplementing VDOT litter removal efforts in Chesterfield County with other available resources such as the Assign-A-Highway program (dealing with court-mandated people needing to do community service hours picking up litter). My team also handles forgotten areas for beautification projects: stub roads, sidewalks that no one takes ownership of, and some grassy median work. Manage the GRTC bus stops for cleanliness.
Re: Illegal Tire Dumping
2023-07-28 11:24:27 UTCHi Teresa,
Thank you for your reply. I have experience working at the 2 Convenience Centers for our county, and I have learned that recycling is actually BIG business, and not cheap for people trying to do the right thing.
'Normal' recycling is free at the convenience centers, to include a co-mingle of paper, cardboard, plastics, and glass. Recycle numbers 1-6, mostly.
Tires can be recycled for a fee. $3 off rim and $5 on rim for regular sized tires only. When the convenience centers take the tires, they are loaded into a trailer and then hauled by 18- wheeler to a recycle facility that's not too far away.
We have looked into the cost of game cameras to place inconspicuously in certain areas of repeated illegal dumping activities, the barrier being the cost and no one to monitor the camera footage.
The Keep Chesterfield Beautiful team does install 'No Dumping' signs that state the fee or fine for dumping here is $2500. It is hard to catch the ones dumping tires, there are no clues other than some markings that pinpoint a puncture, in most cases. It is possible that a tire shop is dumping the tires.
The primary barrier that I'm finding is that there is no cradle-to-grave documentation for tires, unlike hazardous waste materials.
Preventing Litter from Dropped Bags & Debris from Uncovered Loads
2023-04-06 15:18:12 UTCI am looking to connect with others involved in preventing litter and debris on roadways that is caused by uncovered loads while heading to proper disposal destinations.
I recently ran across an older thread in which another Cover Your Load Campaign had implemented a $15 fee for all uncovered loads at the disposal site. The $15 charge covered issuing the hauler a tarp for each uncovered load to use to cover future loads.
If anyone else involved in this forum has similar experience or ideas for Cover Your Load campaigns, then I would love to hear from you! What does your campaign look like? How did you gain funding?
Thanks in advance,
Department of Community Enhancement
Keep Chesterfield Beautiful
Illegal Tire Dumping
2023-04-06 14:24:39 UTCEach week it seems we find yet another huge pile of tires dumped illegally in our locality.
The local transportation office will pick up and dispose of tires that are clearly in their easement, only.
How are these tire dumps handled in your locality and what does your process look like?
Community Enhancement Department
Keep Chesterfield Beautiful
Litter Control - Ways that Keep Chesterfield Beautiful (KCB) can reach further into to the community to include various sectors, such as: Truckers / Business Partnerships / Events
2023-04-06 13:48:25 UTCI work for the Department of Community Enhancement in Chesterfield County, Virginia, on the Keep Chesterfield Beautiful Team. My small team of 4 attempts to educate on litter control by reaching diverse members of the population in various ways for behavior change.
- Keep Chesterfield Beautiful (KCB) educates at the primary school levels, grades K-12, when invited to speak about litter - often revolving around Earth Day activities.
- KCB runs the Adopt-A-Spot program for our 437 square mile county.
- KCB provides Community Litter Cans, which are placed in strategic locations with heavy pedestrian foot traffic (sidewalks), and common trucker pull-off parking areas.
- KCB runs the Assign-A-Highway program, putting court-mandated individuals to work picking up litter throughout the county to perform their required community service work owed to the court system.
- KCB also provides tasking for and works alongside the Sheriff's Workforce, where inmates are assigned to a Sheriff's truck with blue lights to pick up litter from roadways with significantly more vehicular traffic and greater mph speed limits, under supervision.
- KCB has responsibility for installing 'No Littering' and 'No Dumping' signs when requested or needed in a particular area. The signs we use have a $2,500 fine attached to them.
The workshop we attended here at CBSM has opened our eyes to implementation through case studies and the importance of using surveys to ramp up litter control initiatives. We would like to incorporate the tactics gleaned from attending the workshop into our ways moving forward, but are looking for a springboard.
I am looking for any information for programs or ways other localities have reached specific parts of these diverse populations in an effort to combat litter:
I look forward to hearing from anyone in the forum about these topics and hearing any stories, what has or has not been successful so that KCB might avoid common pitfalls.
- Trucker trash - including 'trucker bombs' of pee bottles. Is there anyone on this forum that has actually reached out to the trucking companies themselves to try gaining drivers' pledges?
- Interactive Litter Games - Special Events. Interactive seems to be the major attention grabber these days. Other than spreading litter around our table at events and putting a picker in young folks hands, we are looking at better ways to engage people of all ages to gain new recruits for the Adopt-A-Spot program.
- Survey the community at events? Surveying the community at special events seems like preaching to the choir. Environmental events tend to pull in like-minded individuals and the survey would be seemingly pre-biased and would not be a true sampling for any studies. KCB doesn't have the staff to phone residents to participate in surveys.
- The Business Sector / Business Partnerships - I am looking to increase from a pretty null and void, knowingly missed opportunity to engage local businesses into cleaning up their frontage, easements and general surroundings of litter. Most businesses to hire landscaping companies to maintain their grounds; however, this is seasonal at best and litter abounds during the winter and fall months.
Thank you in advance,
Website: Community Enhancement | Chesterfield County, VA
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