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Newsom Station Road Clean Up

There will be a clean up of Newsom Station Road on April 17, 2010. The neighborhoods of Boone Trace, Lexington Point and Riverwalk will participate in the clean up. Metro Beautification and Environment Commission will supply t-shirts, gloves and trash bags to all participants. The event is part of the Great American Clean Up, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.

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Great American Clean Up Week One

BagOTrash_1993When I first became active in the Great American Clean Ups three years ago, I learned that not everyone is as enthusiastic about cleaning up someone else’s mess as I am. I’ve made a goal to clean up Newsome Station Road near my home during the next three months whether anyone helps me or not. Today I picked up 70 cans and plastic bottles off the side of the road.

Trash_1995I filled one garbage bag and accomplished this in less than 30 minutes. The bag weighed over 20 pounds.

Let me know if you would like to join me in the pick ups. I’ll probably do an hour a week — maybe more hours if I get some help. I can supply garbage bags and gloves.

For more information on the Great American Clean Up, contact Keep America Beautiful.

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Great American Clean Up

Today marks the beginning of the Great American Clean Up, an annual event sponsored by Keep America Beautiful. I’ve participated in the event for a few years now. While the event lasts from March 1-May 31, I believe every day should be the Great American Clean Up day.
My goal for 2010 is to keep Newsom Station Road clean. It’s very dirty right now. I am going to pick up trash there weekly. I’ll try to get my neighbors involved, too.

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Asphalt Dumped in My Neighborhood

Some paving has been completed in the Riverwalk subdivision. Should I suspect that this pile of asphalt off Newsom Station Road was left behind by the pavers?

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Bag O’ Trash

bagotrash_1197Sunday afternoon, I walked for about an hour. For 15-20 minutes of that hour, I picked up cans and plastic bottles along Newsom Station Road. I also picked up a CD. Here’s my bag of 13 cans and 9 plastic bottles.

Recently I was contacted by the Bucket of Trash movement. Their goal is to pick up one bucket of litter each week. What a great idea if all of us did this! Their idea of picking up buckets of trash is much better than my plastic bag o’ trash.

If you have 15 minutes to spare this week, go out in your neighborhood or outside your office at lunch time, and pick up a bucket, or bag, of trash.

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Bag O' Trash

bagotrash_1197Sunday afternoon, I walked for about an hour. For 15-20 minutes of that hour, I picked up cans and plastic bottles along Newsom Station Road. I also picked up a CD. Here’s my bag of 13 cans and 9 plastic bottles.

Recently I was contacted by the Bucket of Trash movement. Their goal is to pick up one bucket of litter each week. What a great idea if all of us did this! Their idea of picking up buckets of trash is much better than my plastic bag o’ trash.

If you have 15 minutes to spare this week, go out in your neighborhood or outside your office at lunch time, and pick up a bucket, or bag, of trash.

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More Newsom Station Road Trash

When I was trying to clean up some of the trash along Newsom Station Road, I found this watch on the side of the road. The backing and battery were missing. The watch was broken.

I’m not sure why the wearer didn’t repair it or give it away. Instead someone tossed it, and it became litter.

More stuff for the landfill that could have been recycled.

I hate to see things that could have been reused just littering our roads.

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More Trash On Newsom Station Road

When I was picking up trash along Newsom Station Road last Sunday, I found the battered top of a Rubbermaid container.

Then I found the bottom part of the Rubbermaid container. I already had a full load of trash, so I had to leave this behind for another pick up.

I didn’t pick up the bottom to see if it were usable. Nor did I see what it contained.

I hate to see usable containers dumped. This would have made an excellent container for carrying recyclable materials to the drop off center.

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15-Minutes of Trash

This morning, I decided to clean up some of the roadside litter on Newsom Station Road. The Metro Drug Court is supposed to send out those required to do community service to do this, but I wanted to do my part as a board member of the Beautification Environment Commission.

I recycled a hotel laundry bag (at left) to pick up litter. In less than 15 minutes, I had filled the bag with 12 aluminum cans, 10 plastic bottle, one glass beer bottle, a watch, a kitchen sponge, a beautification work glove, cigarette packages and other fast food and paper litter. I probably cleared less than 1/10 of a mile. I guess that the bag weighed about ten pounds.

Neither could I pick up every piece of litter along the way. Newsom Station Road is still filled with litter.

I don’t do this because I enjoy it. I’d rather be hiking along the greenway or riding my bicycle. I do it because I find litter offensive in my beautiful corner of the world.

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Trash on Newsom Station Road

This letter was forwarded to me by our councilman tonight. I’m glad to know that others are concerned about the amount of trash in our neighborhood. It makes my ongoing fight worthwhile:

We’re writing to you to share our ongoing concern regarding the garbage situation along McCrory Lane and Newsom Station Rd. Unfortunately, significant amounts of trash continue to accumulate from passing motorists, despite neighborhood and metro cleanup efforts earlier this year. In addition to being an eyesore and environmentally unsound, we’re worried that this appearance sends the wrong idea about the type of area that Bellevue is. We see our community as a safe, clean, family-oriented place to live, and a proliferation of beer cans and other debris along the road is certainly incongruent with this. We’re also concerned about the effect this will have on housing values and sales.

As property tax payers, we wonder if there is a way that the metro public works department could heighten its efforts to keep these roadsides in Bellevue clean. I know that regular maintenance is done, as the roadside grass is periodically mowed, but unfortunately the mowers serve to chop up and spread the garbage that is already there. Perhaps some sort of signage warning about fines for littering could also be placed?

Thank you for your attention, and again we appreciate your care for the keeping our community a great place to live. We’d be happy to help out with any effort to solve this problem.

I’m glad others are noticing the problem in the area. It’s really frustrating. If the litter is picked up, it’s back again within a day or two.

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