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Rains wash trash into area lakes

Posted April 16, 2009

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— Recent rain has brought more than water to some area lakes, officials said, noting trash also is flowing into the lakes.

"When they throw that trash out of their window, it's going to wash down into something, and it's coming into this water basin," Coley Hughes, park manager at Lake Johnson in Raleigh. "When they're on the (Interstate 440) Beltline or even out here on ... Avent Ferry (Road), when they throw something out of the car, it washes down into Lake Johnson."

Much of the trash has been flowing steady through feeder streams lately, Hughes said.

Crews are dispatched daily to clean up the trash, but the amount of trash has been too much for them to keep up with lately, he said.

Volunteers are always welcome to help, and community service crews also spend a lot of time picking up trash at Lake Johnson, he said.

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  • raybetty99 Apr 16, 2009

    I think if the media would put a lot of emphasis on litter blowing out of trucks, it would make a difference. What I see is litter blowing out of trucks. Most people do not know that they can get a ticket for accidental littering.

    On windy days, litter can blow a long ways from it's source so it's really hard to tell where it's all coming from unless you actually see it happening.

  • GetRight Apr 16, 2009

    If I have any major pet peeves, this is it: littering.

    If you share this annoyance with me, there is something that you can do.

    Here is a website with brief instructions http://www.co.iredell.nc.us/Departments/Solid_Waste/litter.asp#swat on how to report litterbugs. They do not prosecute but rather send educational material.

    Here is a phone # to add to your cellphone that you can call when you see someone disrespect the rest of the world by littering: 800-331-5864.

  • Frank Downtown Apr 16, 2009

    Why throw any trash out, including cigarette butts? Take it home with you or drive by a McDonalds and put it in a trash can!

  • bigredtruckman Apr 16, 2009

    I have never understood why anyone would think it would be OK to throw garbage out of a car window. It takes 2 seconds to throw it in the garbage once you get home.

    I have a 1978 Cadillac that has a built in removeagble garbage bin. You put your garbage in there, and then you can snap out the bin and dump it all at once. It is a neat idea. It is so simple and it works very well.

    Maybe if cars had something like that now, people would use it and not throw it out the window. Maybe wishful thinking on my part...

    The only built in place you can put your garbage in cars now is in the door pockets, but we all know how much of a pain those things are to clean.

  • ThisGuy Apr 16, 2009

    Wow you think people could keep their junk in their car until they get home/work/etc and then throw it away in the trash can. Like a responsible adult.