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Please Clean Up Crozet
On October 23, my mother and I were walking along Sugar Hollow Road, picking up litter and trash that was thrown out car windows and into ditches and gulleys that run alongside the road. We brought along a very large trash bag—which was much larger than your standard trash bag. We had no sooner walked a third of a mile (this was clocked with our odometer) when we had to stop. My mother was not able to carry the bag without slinging it over her shoulder and getting herself dirty. And this is a strong woman that I’m talking about. The bag weighed approximately 60 pounds.
And almost eighty percent was alcohol packaging. Mostly this was beer-related, but there were some wine and hard liquor bottles. Our second most was soda cans and bottles, but these only took up about seven percent of the trash. The remaining was fast-food wrappers, diapers, cigarette packages, and a few milk bottles.
Some of the bottles and cans were about 40 years old! One of our oldest bottles was a Coca-Cola jug from the 1960s (these are our estimates), which is over 50 years old! We had a few neat finds, but the rest was pretty much junk.
So next time you drive down to see beautiful Sugar Hollow, take a few minutes to stop and pick up a piece or two of trash. If everyone who lives here did this, the world would be a better place already. Pass it on—maybe we can accomplish this someday.
Sylvia Daize Vera Seay
(Age: 10 years, 2 months, 24 days as of October 29, 2013)