EDITORIAL: Making a difference

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

One person litters, then another, and then another.

Before you know it, there’s trash to be found everywhere. Stray cups, beer and soft drink cans, fast-food wrappers, assorted other trash — and even, as you’ve probably seen, entire bags full of waste, dumped and discarded from a car window onto the roadside.

It doesn’t occur to litterers that their carelessness and thoughtlessness (and extreme laziness) not only blighten the landscape, but have an adverse impact on the environment. What’s especially disturbing are those miscreants who are compelled to throw their trash along our waterways, which can ultimately affect our water supply.

This Saturday, area residents have the opportunity to help make a difference in cleaning up our community in the annual “Big Sweep” program. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help at one of three locations, including Carbonton Dam Park, located on Highway 42; Deep River Park at the Camelback Bridge; and San-Lee Park, located at 572 Pumping Station Road.

“Hopefully, (volunteers) get a sense of cleaning their community,” according to Lee County Solid Waste Superintendent Joe Cherry, the county’s Big Sweep coordinator. “It’s one thing to make Lee County a little better, and we are hoping for a nice day.”

In Harnett County, the cleanup will be at the Cape Fear River Trail Park by the Highway 217 bridge in Erwin beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Moore’s cleanup will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Page Lake in Aberdeen and in the Robbins area near Bear Creek. And the cleanup in Chatham County will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 12 at the East Access Gate at Jordan Lake.

As you can see, the volunteer opportunities are plentiful. It’s a great way to improve our environment and do easy beautification at the same time.

“It hurts us economically; people don’t want to work or visit a place with litter,” says Raven Rock State Park Ranger David Brown. “It’s also a health hazard, and it can contaminate the water supply.”

So, if you’re free this Saturday, here’s an opportunity to make a difference in our community by helping to clean up litter.