I recently discovered a program that has me driving around town with a pen and paper close at hand.
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An initiative of the Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful program called “Swat-a-Litterbug” was recently rolled out and it enables you to report vehicles you see littering- anything from throwing out a cigarette butt to a Wendy’s bag. The beauty (pun only slightly intended) of the program is that it takes very little effort on your part.
If you spot someone throwing trash of any sort out of their vehicle you can either call the hotline at (704)432-1772 or better yet, since you really shouldn’t drive and talk on the phone, you can write down the following information and fill it out later online at this site:
- License Plate Number
- Specifics on the littering incident
That’s really it!
The litterbug receives a letter explaining why litter is illegal (I’m sure it uses nicer language than I would), a litter bag for their car, and educational materials to try to convince them to stop littering. I have no idea how well this program will work, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen my fellow citizens throw things out on our streets and felt powerless to do anything about it. If nothing else this helps me feel like I’m doing something.
As we’re a group of parents here, I’m sure we’re all motivated to help keep our city as clean and nice for our children as we possibly can. So, grab a pen and paper, place it in an easy to reach place in your vehicle, and see what you can do to help.