LAWRENCE COUNTY, OH (WOWK) – Over 50 people put their work gloves on today to help clean up Lawrence County from litter along a 12-mile stretch of US 52.
That stretch of road begins at the Ashland bridge and ends at Charlie Creek Road in Chesapeake.
They say it takes a village to raise a kid, and it’s going to take an entire county to clean up the place they call home.
“This is long overdue, we have got to take action now, we can’t take any longer,” said Lawrence County Commissioner DeAnna Holliday.
“It takes everybody, and that’s what we have today,” said Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Director Dan Palmer.
On Tuesday, Lawrence County leaders, court work crews, and volunteers teamed up to tackle the ongoing litter problem, one piece of trash at a time.
It’s all a part of Lawrence County Commissioner DeAnna Holliday’s commitment to ‘Project First Impression.’
“I want people to know that I’m vested in the cleanup efforts [on a daily basis],” said Holliday. “I want people to know that this is a 24/7, 365 days a year effort. Every citizen has their role to play, even if it’s just cleaning in front of your home. You might not be able to get out on the roadways with us, but you can clean up in front of your own areas.”
That first impression, according to Holliday, is crucial to attract more economic development to this area as it helps the county commissioners really sell Lawrence County to others.
“We need to give them a reason to want to be here,” said Holliday. “I want people that are just driving through to think ‘I can’t wait to get back to Lawrence County because it’s beautiful.’”
When it comes to cleaning up the county, county officials say that it takes everybody to make that difference.
“[The litter problem] is unacceptable,” said Palmer.
Palmer told 13 News that just last week, crews picked up 509 bags of litter in a 10-mile stretch. Last year, Palmer says crews picked up a little over 300 bags.
It’s safe to say that this county has had enough.
“Take pride in our community, and the last resort: if we catch you [illegally dumping], you’re going to court,” Palmer said with a grin.
If you’d like to team up with the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District and help beautify the county, you can call them at (740) 532-1231.