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REPORT: County, state workers pick up 5.2 tons of litter in Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — More than 5 tons of garbage was picked up from Richmond County roads during March, according to the solid waste report.

Of the 394 bags of trash (3.9 tons) collected by the county, 85 came from a cleanup along U.S. 74 Business, from Walmart to the former Sandhills Hospital, by groups from the county and the cities of Rockingham and Hamlet.

Other than that stretch, the highest concentration of garbage was Sandhills Road, where the county filled 49 bags.

Airport Road was cleaned four times, netting 36 bags; and 16 bags were picked up during two trips down Hatcher Road.

County workers also picked up: 32 bags on Mizpah Road; 28 bags on Wiregrass Road — which doesn’t include the five bags collected by the Richmond Early College High School Eco Club; 23 bags on Battley Dairy Road; 21 bags on County Home Road; 19 bags on Mill Road; 16 bags on Harrington Road;14 bags on Lee Thee Church Road; nine bags each on Freeman Mill and Old Cheraw roads; seven bags on Rosalyn Road; six bags each on Chalk and Lochhaven Roads and Church Street; and four bags each on Spring Drive E. Washington Street Extension and Hannah Pickett Avenue.

In addition to the regular trash, the county found 16 tires: four each on Mizpah and Hatcher roads; three on Freeman Mill; two each on County Home and Battley Dairy; and one on Hannah Pickett.

Despite the county’s efforts, a drive down several of the aforementioned roads Monday afternoon saw enough bottles, cans, shopping bags, food containers and other refuse to fill several more trash bags.

The N.C. Department of Transportation also cleaned up 1.3 tons of litter: 31 bags on N. Beaunit Avenue; 21 bags on U.S. 220; 16 bags on Oak Ridge Church Road; and 23 bags on Galestown Road.

NCDOT reports that more than 3 million pounds of trash have been removed from roads statewide during the first three months of the year.

While there were no illegal dump sites reported or investigated by the county nor any citations issued, there were three garbage burning investigations and one warning notice was issued.

As of April 1, there were 41 groups included in the 469 individuals who have signed up to participate in the county-sponsored clean up on April 24.

“I have been thrilled with the response we have witnessed for the Earth Day cleanup event,” Land told the RO in an email Monday. “It is great to see area businesses, industries and individual citizens pitch in to do their part to make Richmond County cleaner and greener!”

He added that there was a “phenomenal” turnout for the household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday.

Last week, volunteers from Place of Grace Campus cleaned up along Airport Road and Entwistle 3rd Street, as well as a vacant lot on School Street.

Pastor Gary Richardson said the church/homeless shelter plans to help keep the neighborhood clean twice a week and challenged other churches to do the same.

Land said he hopes the momentum continues long after Earth Day has passed.

Click here to read a recent RO editorial on the trash situation.