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Litter Cleanup Yields More Than 200 Bags

By Staff | Jun 1, 2016

Photo Provided No one likes to pick up garbage. The workers have an extra tough job when encountering scenes like this — a pile of needles.

Wetzel County is slowly but surely getting cleaned up, thanks to workers hired by the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority.

The countywide litter cleanup, an endeaver made possible through the collaboration of several organizations, started on May 16. As of Friday, May 27, workers had cleaned up Route 2 in Wetzel County, along with part of Route 180. This cleanup yielded over 220 bags of garbage.

The cleanup also has yielded some unsavory discoveries, such as a pile of needles.

The long and winding roadways of Route 7 and Route 20 have yet to be touched by the workers, and according to Executive Director of the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority, Terri Tyler, the workers have already begun to see more litter lining the roadways they have already worked.

Tyler reminds the public that the fine for littering, as per WV Code 22-15a-4, ranges from $200 to $1,000.

Photo Provided Shown is an example of the job workers are hired to do for the countywide litter cleanup. The stretch of highway is W.Va. 2 in New Martinsville.

Additionally, Tyler spoke of those who might be unintentionally littering.

“Make sure your belongings in the bed of your truck are secured, so they do not blow out,” she noted, adding that those who keep their backseat car windows down might also be mindful of wrappers and other materials blowing out the window.

The countywide cleanup is the product of several entities, including the solid waste authority, Department of Highways, Solid Waste Services, WV Department of Environmental Protection, and Wetzel County Commission.