Clean the Roads

Clean the Roads

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Route 62 through the Karoo
photo credit: DanieVDM

Editors Note:   This article is originally published at the Green Mom’s Community by Lena at Over Coffee the Green Edition.

My son’s school adopted a half mile section of road via the Adopt-A-Road program and asked for volunteers to help clean it up. I was very excited about partaking in this worthy program so I immediately signed up. This past weekend I bundled up, grabbed some work gloves, a travel mug of hot coffee, and headed out into the fresh clean air to pick up debris on the side of the road (what better way to spend a Sunday morning). There were 7 of us who spent 3 hours beautifying our half mile stretch of roadway. I have to say, it was a very positive, fulfilling, and eye-opening experience for me.

We picked up everything from plastic cups to tires, from a soccer ball to plastic bags, from syringes to cigarette butts. I have to admit, these last two items really surprised me.

We were in a part of town that many would consider “good” yet we still found 2 syringes. I guess this just goes to show you that, in this day and age, there really are no “good” parts of town.

Within the first few steps I was amazed by the number of cigarette butts that we were picking up so I decided to start counting them. In half a mile stretch I alone picked up 1149 cigarette butts! Remember, there were 6 other people picking them up too. I found this to be very disturbing. It meant that over 1000 times a smoker drove by this small stretch of road and flicked their cigarette butt (undoubtedly still lite) out their window apparently thinking that the side-of-the-road was their personal ashtray. Unbelievable!

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Poquette is a 3rd grade teacher, a social media and marketing consultant (in her free time), blogger and children’s book author. She has a knack for vetting bloggers, creating blogger campaigns and connecting brands and bloggers. She speaks locally, regionally and nationally on blogging, social media and education. She’s worked with top name brands and has been mentioned and featured in the New York Times, ABC News Online, The Wall Street Journal and several others.


  • trade show guru

    hi Sommer,
    Your picture make me want to go on a road trip!
    Regarding the cigarette butts, they must have come from “butt heads.” Have people never heard of forest fires??? Especially here in California?
    ~ Steve, the trade show guru

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