Tuesday, 22 June 2021 13:15

REPORT: 3.6 tons of litter picked up in May across Richmond County

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Around 3.6 tons of trash were picked up by state and county workers during the month of May. Around 3.6 tons of trash were picked up by state and county workers during the month of May. RO file photo

ROCKINGHAM — More than 3.5 tons of garbage were picked up from 21 roads in Richmond County last month.


According to the most recent solid waste report, provided by Assistant Public Works Director Bryan Leggett, county workers collected 240 bags of trash from 19 roads totalling 2.8 tons during the month of May.

The N.C. Department of Transportation also picked up 0.8 tons with 109 bags from three roads

One of those roads, Wiregrass, was cleaned up by both groups and resulted in 69 bags.

Other problem areas included:

  • 30 bags - N.C. 381
  • 29 bags - U.S. 74 Business and Sandhills Road 
  • 21 bags - Mizpah Road
  • 20 bags - Galestown Road
  • 16 bags - Airport Road and Lochaven Road
  • 14 bags - County Home Road, Hatcher Road, Old Cheraw Road

The remaining roads — Battley Dairy Road, Church Street, Eason Drive, Hall Road, Hannah Pickett Avenue, Harrington Road, Lee Thee Church Road, Mill Road, Rosalyn Road and Spring Drive — each had 11 or fewer bags.

There were also six tires removed from Airport Road.

The report shows there were also two illegal dumpsites reported and investigated, one warning notice issued and three garbage burning investigations.

In all, 3.6 tons of trash were picked up — one-tenth less than the previous month. In between the April and May reports, volunteers from across the county picked up 3.2 tons of trash from some of the same roads frequently cleaned by the county and state.

NCDOT reported earlier this month that more than 7 million pounds of roadside litter had been collected statewide in less than six months, inching closer to the 2019 total of 10.5 million pounds.

County records show more than 56,000 pounds (28 tons) have been picked up since Jan. 1.