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Tackling litter problems one cleanup at a time

September 18, 2019
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Residents came out to show their support for keeping the streets of Lehigh Acres clean Saturday.

The neighborhood litter pick up was organized by the Facebook group Clean Up Lehigh and hosted by Lehigh Acres Neighborhood Watch.

About a dozen volunteers, including Deputy Kirk Hetrick from the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Lehigh Community Council members met under a tent at the corner of 40th Street Southwest and Sunshine Boulevard in Lehigh Acres. Bags, pickup sticks and safety vests for the cleanup were supplied by Neighborhood Watch.

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Some of Saturday’s volunteers stand by the bags of trash they collected.


According to MariaElena Corradino, Clean Up Lehigh's Facebook administrator, this cleanup was a little smaller than others but everyone did an amazing job.

"On this cleanup we focused on Joan Avenue. It was a small group, but everyone worked quickly to get the road cleaned up and the majority who attended have participated in other cleanups. We had Deputy Hetrick, Council Member Tyler Woodby, Peter Gevry from the DOT, who picked up our bags, and our youngest volunteer Serenity, who is a member of a local Girl Scout troop," Corradino said.

"These events can send a message," Corradino said. "That we shape our community. Hopefully, people who would litter would see that neighbors care about how our town looks and decide to stop tossing their trash on our roads."

While a person choosing to litter is one way trash ends up on roadways, accidental littering is a problem as well.

"There's also a lot of accidental littering from trash flying off garbage/recycling trucks. As a citizen, we have the option to report the littered area, so it's taken care of or clean it up ourselves," Corradino said.

Lehigh Acres Community Council member Tyler Woodby, who also lent a hand during the morning neighborhood cleanup, is organizing a cleanup event on Saturday, Sept. 28, which will be sponsored by the Lehigh Acres Community Council.

Woodby urges others to come out to lend a hand.

"It is our responsibility as residents of our town and citizens of our nation to take pride in our home. These cleanings are just one of the necessary ways we have to show our pride. I hope to see more people able to come and enjoy the work with us," Woodby said.

The council's cleanup begins at 8 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, visit www.facebook.com/LehighAcresCommunityCouncil/

For information on upcoming Clean Up Lehigh neighborhood cleanups, visit the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/CleanUpEventsLehighAcres/

Corradino urges anyone who plans to participate in an event to read the tips and information on safety during neighborhood cleanups. It goes over guidelines such as proper shoes, clothing, how to deal with hazardous waste objects and private property rules.

Please read before coming to the event sway.office.com/nuGQl9Bl6hTSmmHP?ref=Link

Corradino adopted her own road and then started the Clean Up Lehigh Facebook group in July of 2017. The group now works hand-in-hand with agencies such as Lee County DOT, Lee County Sheriff's Office and its event host Lehigh Acres Neighborhood Watch.



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