HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Liza Strub and her husband, Chuck Coxe, spoke to a full house of Mountain Movers and Shakers at Sundance Grill on Friday, Jan. 25, continuing to advocate for a litter-free county. Strub, a Towns County resident who publicly jumped onboard the clean-up effort last summer, speaking out at a county meeting, is quickly proving grit and determination in advancing the cause.
In past weeks, Strub has made several speaking appearances, including a presentation before the Towns County Civic Association, and a second visit to the county commission.
Prior to Strub and Coxe’s introduction, Grace Howard of Hamilton Gardens provided the history of litter control endeavors in the area in which she has been an active, appreciated participant.
It was noted during the meeting that the annual Clean Sweep Week event will be held for two consecutive weeks, rather than one, each spring. Strub informed that she will be working with students enrolled in the local C.H.A.M.P.S. program, encouraging investment in litter control from civic-minded youths, as well as motivating other area organizations through education.
Strub offered the following tips on how citizens can make a difference:
- Set an example for children, family, friends, neighbors, visitors, and community.
- Secure your load and sweep out your truck bed.
- Use a litter bag and ashtray in your car and clean out your vehicle when you stop for gas.
- Keep gloves and bags in your car and pick up trash when you see it.
- When you take a walk and see trash, pick it up.
- Adopt a road, spot, or beach in your neighborhood. Just an hour a week of picking up trash sets an example.
- Pick up after your dog.
- Before lighting up, identify where to dispose of cigarette butts when finished smoking.
- Spit containers for chew belong in the trash, not on the roadways.
- Recycle and compost.
- Make sure that trash cans have securely fastened lids or use bungee cords to hold them in place.
- Keep a litter bag in your boat and use it.
- Keep the appearance of your home or business clean and neat.
- Business owners should provide trash receptacles in convenient locations.
- Get involved and volunteer in events such as Clean Sweep Week, Lake Chatuge Clean-up, Adopt-a-Road, or educational programs.
- Start a litter awareness program at your church, civic, or volunteer organization.
Feature Photo: Liza Strub and Chuck Coxe at Sundance Grill in Hiawassee
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