Accomack County Strategic Plan 2008-2011 • Develop a program for reducing litter and trash including the following potential elements – Offer two clean-up days per year with waived tipping fees. – Promote the Adopt-a-Highway program – Promote voluntary school based education – Consider a citizen incentive program to reward clean-up efforts – Enhance the roadside pick-up program for probationers (Assign-a Highway) County Clean Up Days • First Saturday in October and May each year • Press release from the Department of Public Works highlighting the waiver of tipping fees, and encouraging citizens to actively take part in removing refuse from their homes and community. • Emphasize the “Spring/Fall Clean” Concept. • Encourage citizens, Via the News Media, to take an ACTIVE role in policing their homes and neighborhoods for unsightly trash. Waiver of Tipping Fees • Average tonnage for first Saturday in May was 20.77t = $1,202.38 in fees. • Average tonnage for first Saturday in October was15.22t = $881.09 in fees. • Total yearly income, based on the average, would be $2083.46, However, with an advertized event this total loss could possibly double. Promote the Adopt-A-Highway program • The Litter Control Officer will continue to work closely with VDOT to ensure roads that are adopted are cared for. • The Department of Public works will continue to encourage citizens, community organizations, and businesses to adopt roads and highways in their area. • The Litter Control Officer will further encourage probationers enrolled in the Assign-A- Highway program to “Adopt” their assigned section of roadway, to ensure their community remains free of roadside litter. Promote voluntary school-based education • The Litter Control Officer will continue to offer educators SOL based programs for students to learn about litter and recycling in Accomack County. • The Litter Control Officer will encourage individual schools to take part in the county’s “Single Stream” recycling program in cooperation with the Department of Public Works and Tidewater Fiber Cooperation. • The Litter Control Officer will provide assistance as needed to all schools within Accomack County that wish to begin recycling programs. • The Litter Control Officer will actively encourage school clubs and organizations to “Adopt-A-Spot” such as docks, landings, and natural areas within the county. Consider a citizen incentive program to reward clean-up efforts • The Department of Public Works will provide a semi-annual list to the Board of Supervisors of citizens, community organizations, and others whom take an active role in cleaning their areas in order to officially recognize their efforts. • These citizens will be recognized via the local news media, and a certificate from the Department of Public Works congratulating and thanking them for their efforts. Enhance the Assign-A-Highway Program • The Litter Control Officer will continue to work closely with the Accomack County Court system, Virginia Department of Corrections, and Chesapeake Bay ASAP to provide needed roadside litter removal. • By 2010 the litter control office will increase roadside workforce to 60 individuals monthly, further reducing county expenditures on trash removal. • The Litter Control Officer will continue work with VADOC probation and parole office to institute community service hours as a “sanction” for those individuals whom have minor violations with the terms their probation. • The Litter Control Officer will continue to work with, and encourage probationers to take an active role in keeping their communities clean by providing the materials and means necessary. Accomack County Assign-A-Highway Year-to-Date Data • 327 probationers utilized • 926 miles of roadway cleaned • 7,173 bags collected • 1,732 hours worked by probationers • $41,983.20 in cost savings Accomack County Recycling Rate Accomack County is required by the State to meet a standard of 15 % of all solid waste in our stream to be recycled. 2005 our recycling rate was 7% 2006 – 16 % 2007 21.3% Ordinances and Enforcement • Propose the Board enact a minimum fine for littering and illegal dumping, comparable to other localities of $500, in addition to community service with the Assign-A-Highway program. • The Litter Control Officer will continue to work closely with the county code enforcement officer to enforce existing illegal dumping/littering regulations. • The Litter Control Officer will begin an enhanced video surveillance and enforcement program in cooperation with the sheriff's department of “popular” sites for illegal dumping throughout Accomack County.
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