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Statewide Effort Fights Litter

April 19, 2005

There’s a lot of litter out there and plenty of Virginians are ready to fight it this spring. Local litter program coordinators, volunteers, teachers, students, State Police, state foresters and many others are part of a coordinated campaign to free Virginia’s roadsides, waterways, parks and localities of litter.

“Controlling litter along our roadsides, waterways and throughout the Commonwealth is an important aspect of preserving Virginia’s natural beauty for future generations,” said Secretary of Natural Resources W. Tayloe Murphy Jr. “This campaign brings together multiple state agencies, localities and other stakeholders to work collaboratively to achieve this shared objective.”

“Improving the way state government does business has been a principal focus of Governor Warner’s administration,” said Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer. “Under his leadership, we have made great progress in improving VDOT and the other transportation agencies. This campaign is a continuation of our efforts to achieve greater efficiencies throughout our operations.”

From April 9 through June 30, litter education, prevention, cleanup and law enforcement activities will be held around the state. Many are scheduled between April 9 and April 23, which includes Historic Garden Week and Earth Day.

The activities are part of a three-pronged effort among several Virginia state agencies to make the best use of their varied litter-related resources to reduce litter. The other efforts are to revitalize the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT’s) Adopt-a-Highway volunteer roadside litter cleanup program and to improve communications between the VDOT program’s local coordinators and the litter control coordinators for cities, towns and counties.

More information about the coordinated statewide litter campaign and litter-related resources, including materials for teachers, can be found on a one-stop litter information Web site at www.virginiadot.org/infoservice/litter/index.html.

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