The Earth Day summit, "Let’s Talk Trash," was a huge success.
Thanks to all the participants, helpers, presenters and honored
guests. Thanks to the ESCC for allowing us the use of its
Waste Watchers has adopted Airport Road through the Adopt-A-Highway
program. Next pickup is on June 1 at 9am.
The new litter code enforcer in the Accomack
Sheriff's Department has already
begun to write citations for illegal dumps and litter spots. A huge
shout out and thank you to Sheriff Godwin and all of his hard working
staff. Officer Willett
issued a citation to the person who dumped construction debris on Baker
Road at the entrance to Mutton Hunk Fen preserve. The culprit has
removed his garbage as well as some of the shingles. This person will
still have to appear in court, and may face a fine and possibly
community service hours. Thanks to the citizen who reported this
illegal dumping and to Officer Willett for following up.
Watchers is an independent, non-profit (donations are tax-deductible) volunteer community group that
promotes the responsible disposal of waste on the Eastern Shore.
out the 3rd annual Waste Watchers essay contest, link
work in ways large and small, from picking up
litter and supporting the VA DOT Adopt-a-Highway litter abatement
program [see Adopt-a-Highway Tab above], promoting recycling, to
influencing public policy. There's a
everyone and we need everyone's help. We
are also supporting a research study on the influences of balloons as
litter. To learn about the study or to
report balloon litter, go to the ‘Links’ tab at the top of the page and
on the appropriate links.
Watchers is active all over the Shore. Wherever someone
picks up a piece of litter, Waste Watchers is there. Any time a family
office decides they can start recycling or a teacher decides to teach
where garbage goes, Waste Watchers is there. Whenever an
individual, a group of friends, a church, a club or a business decides
to actively do something about our roadside litter by adopting a
highway and cleaning it four times a year, Waste Watchers
is there to help.
that isn't disposed of responsibly hurts
everyone. It's dangerous, costly, and ugly. It's also killing off the
animals and ecosystems we love so much.
Watchers has a team of volunteers (Trash Talkers)
who will come to your school, business, office, or home to educate you
reducing consumption, reusing what you can, and recycling. We
litter pick-up events. We also sponsor an essay contest in
the schools, See "Photos" tab above for 2012 winners.
Watchers meetings are every second Wednesday of
the month except for August and December. We meet at the Eastern
Chamber of Commerce in Melfa from 11am to 1pm. Usually we just
lunches and get to work. Everyone is welcome.