Litter Control Program

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The Augusta County Litter Control Program serves the citizens of Augusta County by picking up roadside litter.  A vital part of this mission is fulfilled by members of the public.  We need you, the citizens of Augusta County, to report litter that you see across the county.  Help us Keep Augusta Beautiful.20181012_124826

 

 

To report roadside litter on state-maintained roads or public property, please call our Litter Control Hotline at 540-254-7826.  You can also report litter on our facebook page, or by email. We will respond promptly to your report, and follow up with you once the job is complete.

 

 

Background

The litter control program is a community service program run directly out of the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.  Unlike established community service programs, this program does not just work with court ordered community service workers.  In a first-in-Virginia effort, the litter control program gives non-violent, first-time offenders a chance to perform community service before they have been arrested.  If these first-time offenders complete their community service, they will not be arrested or charged.

This one-time offer gives these offenders a chance to correct their mistake while performing a vital community service. It also saves time and money for law enforcement and the courts. It is available only for offenders with no prior criminal history, who have not been in the program before, and who have committed the following crimes:

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  • Possession of marijuana

  • Underage possession of alcohol

  • Driving on a suspended license

  • Littering

This program represent a significant cost savings to the citizens because all labor performed is free.  It benefits the citizens in a number of ways: it cleans up the county, it increases public awareness of the ongoing litter issue, and it provides the opportunity for the workers to give back to the community in which they have committed their offense.

From the program's inception in March 2018 to the end of the year, the litter control program has removed over 12,400 pounds of trash, 71 tires, and covered just over 90 miles of the county's roads. Pictures of all cleanups are available on the facebook page

Ongoing Efforts

The litter control program continues to take a multi-pronged approach to the problem of litter in Augusta County.  These include the creation of anti-littering education and community events, coordination of anti-littering enforcement, and the placement of anti-littering signs throughout the county. Stay tuned for more developments.

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 Artist credit: Talula Mays