Litter Enforcement Workshop To Be Held September 6

Litter Enforcement Training Workshop

September 6, 2017 • Dalton, GA

“Successful litter prevention requires a three-pronged approach including community education, eradication and enforcement”, said Sarah Visser, Executive Director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, “Law enforcement officers and members of the judicial system are crucial partners in keeping our communities litter free and economically vibrant.”

 

The Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation awarded a grant to Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful and several other Georgia affiliates to make communities safer by encouraging the enforcement of Georgia’s Comprehensive Litter Prevention and Abatement Act. (See the Litter Law Chart Here.) “These workshops provide them with the tools and information they need to enforce the law successfully” added Visser.

 

Open to police officers, sheriff’s departments, code enforcement officials, prosecutors, judges and others charged with enforcing the law, the workshops, hosted by local Keep Georgia Beautiful Affiliates, will connect officials with resources and information to support them in reducing litter. Attendees will learn how aggressive litter enforcement has been used as a deterrent to additional crimes and how to work with the Courts and others to successfully deter littering and illegal dumping.

 

The workshop for the Northwest Georgia area will be presented by DNR Game and Fish Officer Scott Carroll on Wednesday, September 6 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Dalton Police Department’s training room at 301 Jones Street. 3 hours of POST credit is available for certified law enforcement officers that complete the workshop in the subjects of Environmental Law Enforcement, Tactics, and Solutions.

 

Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful is hosting the event with special thanks to the Dalton Police Department, and the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority. The workshop is available for free to pre-registered attendees, thanks in part to the grant from the Foundation. Pre-registration is available online at https://kdwb.ticketleap.com/litter2017 until September 5.

Billboard Design Winner for 2016 Contest Announced

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     The winning billboard design by Madison Powell will be placed at two locations in Whitfield County during the month of November in celebration of America Recycles Day.

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     Valley Point Middle School 8th graders placed in the America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest for 2016. From left to right: Madison Powell, 1st place and 1st place overall; Eliezer Vasquez, 2nd place.

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     Pictured are students from Eastbrook Middle who each placed 3rd in their grade level in the America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest for 2016. From left to right: Jazmine Ayabar, 6th grade; Melissa Trujillo, 7th grade; Elena Cabero, 8th grade. 

Pictured are students from Eastbrook Middle who each placed 3rd in their grade level in the America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest for 2016. From left to right: Jazmine Ayabar, 6th grade; Melissa Trujillo, 7th grade; Elena Cabero, 8th grade. 

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     Valley Point Middle School 7th graders placed in the America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest for 2016. From left to right: Camy Rettew, 1st place; Dania Cristobal, 2nd place. 

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     Valley Point Middle School 6th graders placed in the America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest for 2016. From left to right: Macey Cook, 2nd place; Lily Woodring, 1st place. 

Valley Point Middle School 6th graders placed in the America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest for 2016. From left to right: Macey Cook, 2nd place; Lily Woodring, 1st place. 

Valley Point Middle School 8th grader, Madison Powell, is the overall winner of the 2016 America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest hosted by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority’s program Target Recycling at School. The winning design will be displayed on two billboards in Whitfield County along Glenwood Ave. during the month of November.

 

Ms. Powell’s design, which was chosen out of 91 entries, includes the phrase “I want to be recycled” one of the themes of the contest. The artwork shows an aluminum beverage can dreaming about being recycled into a space ship or rocket. Materials that are recycled are used to manufacture a variety of products. Aluminum for example may be recycled into beverage cans, construction materials, or parts for new vehicles.   

 

The billboard design contest, now in its seventh year, has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner from each grade level which includes 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. The nine winners, listed below, received a certificate of participation and a gift bag with items made from recycled materials. The first place overall, who is the winner of the billboard, was selected from the first place design from each grade level.

 

6th grade:

  • 1st Place – Lily Woodring, Valley Point Middle School
  • 2nd Place – Macey Cook, Valley Point Middle School
  • 3rd Place – Jazmine Ayabar, Eastbrook Middle School

7th grade:

  • 1st Place – Camy Rettew, Valley Point Middle School
  • 2nd Place – Dania Cristobal, Valley Point Middle School
  • 3rd Place – Melissa Trujillo, Valley Point Middle School 

8th grade:

  • 1st Place and Overall Winner – Madison Powell, Valley Point Middle School
  • 2nd Place – Eliezer Vasquez, Valley Point Middle School
  • 3rd Place – Elena Cabero, Eastbrook Middle School

 

Target Recycling at School provides recycling collection services and environmental education opportunities to schools in Whitfield County. For more information call 706-278-5001 or visit www.dwswa.org.

 

America Recycles Day is a community-driven event dedicated to promoting recycling awareness, commitment, and action in the U.S. thru its partnership with Keep America Beautiful. It’s celebrated annually on November 15. For more information on recycling, and to take the pledge to recycle visit www.AmericaRecyclesDay.org.   

Secure Your Load for Cleaner and Safer Roads

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Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority Launches New Educational Campaign

(Dalton, GA, July 20, 2012) – You may not intentionally put trash in the wrong place, but if you’re not securing the items in your pickup truck or trailer correctly, they could easily become litter. When surveyed by Georgia DOT, 77% of Georgia motorists said they have seen something blow out of a vehicle and onto the road. Driving with an unsecured load can destroy more than scenery, especially when litter falls off a truck and hits another vehicle. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has reported that roadway debris contributes to fatalities each year.

The Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority has launched an educational campaign for the months of July and August to encourage you to “Secure Your Load”. Banners posted at local Convenience Centers and several billboards now viewable in Whitfield County show a picture of a truck with a loose load about to hit the truck behind it. Included in bright yellow letters is the phrase “Secure Your Load”.

Trucks with unsecured loads can easily lose the items they’re carrying, no matter their weight and size. Under Georgia’s Litter Law anything leaving a vehicle, intentional or not, is litter and can result in a citation. Besides preventing litter on the road, securing your load increases safety for all motorists.

Here are some tips for Securing Your Load:

• Tie It Down: large or heavy items should be firmly secured with solid straps, rope, bungee cords, or netting. Tie large items directly to your vehicle.

• Cover It Up: Use a sturdy plastic or canvas tarp, or netting to keep lighter items like yard waste in place.

• Don’t Overload: Keep material level with truck bed or trailer unless tied down, netted or tarped. Materials below the truck bed should also be secured if there’s any chance of them blowing out or falling from the vehicle.

• Ask Yourself: Is there any chance of debris falling or blowing out of my vehicle? Would I feel safe if I were driving behind MY vehicle?

To download a copy of the brochure, “Keep it in Your Bed… Secure your Load” and more tips for securing your load visit www.DWSWA.org.