In 2017, that battle comes in the form of Bridgeton’s anti-litter campaign which will roll out officially in mid-May with a focus on the summer season when people spend a lot more time outdoors.
The anti-litter strategy includes recruiting litter marshals to be eyes and ears for officials, distribution of literature and efforts to raise awareness, and cameras to catch illegal dumping.
The season will also see stepped up enforcement, community clean-up days, and some creative trash receptacles with basketball backboards inviting visitors to the park to dunk their junk.
According to Kelly, the anti-litter campaign can be summed up in three words: encouragement, education, and enforcement.
In addition to these efforts, City officials are reviewing ordinances and procedures to see if any parts of the code are actually working against a cleaner community.
Kelly said one thing the city needs is a few volunteers to serve as litter marshals, who would be extra sets of eyes to report any illegal dumping or littering they see as they go about their business in the community. If they spot anything, litter marshals would report it to city officials who would follow-up on the report.
“With litter marshals, we don’t expect them to do enforcement or confront anyone, but to help us by writing down a license plate number of a vehicle dumping illegally or throwing trash on the roadside- this would really help our efforts to keep the great City of Bridgeton cleaner,” Kelly said.
Anyone interested in volunteering in future community clean-up events or serving as litter marshals, can get additional information by calling the Department of Public Works at 455-3230 ext 240.