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Clean Middlesex Day is Saturday

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Artwork by MES student Emma Fairheart.

Art from Middlesex Elementary School students can be seen on posters countywide announcing Saturday, November 16, as “Clean Middlesex County Day.”

This is the first stop for over 100 poster art designs recently submitted by elementary, middle and high school students to support Keep Middlesex Beautiful efforts. Students were invited to share their work as part of a Keep Virginia Beautiful grant awarded to the County Anti-Litter Committee. All of the work will be used to promote committee campaigns.

“The artwork is exciting, energetic, and clearly demonstrates how strongly the kids ‘get it’—the importance of a cleaner and greener Middlesex County!” said committee member Carol King. “We are thrilled to have this art to support our efforts.”

For more information about the student art, the anti-litter committee, and/or guidelines for joining in the self-organized November 16 Clean Middlesex County Day, visit the Keep Middlesex Beautiful Facebook page or email the committee at http://www.keepmiddlesexbeautiful.com.

This Saturday, November 16, is the day for Middlesex residents to collectively clean up their county. Just in time for the holidays!

Sponsored by the Middlesex County Anti-Litter Committee, this first county-wide Clean Middlesex Day assumes self-organized groups of residents will create their own work crew, select a littered road in their neighborhood, pick up orange VDOT bags, and go clean!

Those with no organized work crew are invited to meet in the parking lot at Cooks Corner Office Complex at 9 a.m. to clean along Stormont Road (Route 629).

Work crews must dress brightly and use the hunter orange bags that have been specially designed by VDOT for strength and safety. Committee members will hand out the refuse bags along with additional guidance from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday at three locations in the county: Deltaville Community Association parking lot in Deltaville; YMCA parking lot in Hartfield; and Cooks Corner Office Complex parking lot at Cooks Corner, two miles east of Saluda on Route 33.

Drivers are asked to slow down on Saturday for the safety of volunteers working on the roadsides.

After Saturday’s day of cleaning, county residents are urged to declare a moratorium on littering behavior.

Additional information and guidelines for safety are available on the Keep Middlesex Beautiful facebook page or can be obtained by emailing the committee at .

Clean-up guidelines
For safety, volunteers must strictly adhere to the following guidelines for roadside clean-up:

Do not work in heavy, fast-moving traffic.

Do not work in unsafe areas. If an area feels unsafe to you, it likely is unsafe!

No children. Road cleaners should be 18 years or older.

Park your vehicle safely off the roadway and on the same side of the road where volunteers are working.

Wear bright-colored clothing, preferably hunter orange, and be sure to cover your arms and legs.

Use only bright orange VDOT refuse bags. They are designed for strength and safety.

Use heavy work gloves, and wear substantial shoes or boots.

Do not wear or bring items that could distract motorists or impair a driver’s or co-cleaner’s vision or hearing.

Always work facing oncoming traffic, keep off the roadway and stay at least five feet away from the edge of the road surface.

Do not clean roadsides with no shoulder. Leave those for officials with traffic control capabilities.

Work only along one side of the road at a time.

Work only during daylight hours and discontinue work during inclement weather.

Avoid overexertion, watch your footing, and stay clear of mowing operations, construction and maintenance work.

Watch for snakes, stinging insects and poisonous plants.

To avoid injuries from broken and jagged objects, do not overfill or compact trash bags.

Never pick up discarded syringes, needles or other hazardous objects. When these items are encountered, contact VDOT to arrange safe removal of the material.

Deliver filled bags to one of the three county trash transfer stations.

posted 11.13.2013

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