CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – There is no litter clean-up crew on Chesterfield County's payroll. It's all volunteer-based. With tires, trash and furniture scattered throughout Chesterfield, especially the eastern and southern portions, those volunteers need help.
Pam Cooper and environmental educator for Chesterfield County is the only employee who works to stop illegal dumping full-time. She started her clean-up campaign about seven years ago. She offers several programs and volunteer opportunities for residents, businesses and civic groups.
In an interview with NBC12, Cooper explained how tossing food out of your car window can have a deadly impact. She said food on the side of the road attracts rodents, which attract predators, which cause 2,500 accidents on Virginia roads each year.
Dozens of tires have been spotted along bridges and in neighborhoods. Cooper said if tires collect water mosquitos are bound to be near by. She also explained how tires are petroleum-based and could catch fire, burning for a long period of time.
With no other county employees devoted to the clean-up effort, Cooper relies on 450 volunteers to adopt spots in the county. Just last week, county jail inmates filled 99 bags with trash collected along a two-mile stretch of Iron Bridge Road. One week before inmates collected trash at the same location.
To learn how you can organize a clean-up in your neighborhood or to volunteer: