Roadside Litter Cleanup FAQs

Keep our Mountains Beautiful

Sandee ScottOctober 11, 2012 

The next scheduled Roadside Litter Cleanup takes place throughout Eastern Madera County Saturday, October 13th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. People often call with questions -- here are answers to some of the frequently asked:

1. Is this when I put out my discarded household furniture and junk for pick up?

No. There is no such event in Eastern Madera County. The Roadside Litter Cleanup event is for picking up litter that's on our county roadsides. For household castoffs, we suggest yard sales, checking for recycling resources, or using the county transfer station.

2. Are there any rewards or prizes for participating?

Well, of course, there's the reward of knowing you've contributed to the community and the pride of a job well-done! However, we are pleased to announce that this year each volunteer will be entered into a drawing for a a gift certificate for a six-hour outing on a 13-passenger patio boat donated by Miller's Landing Resort.

3. I'd like to participate but don't have a grabber.

At each meeting spot, except for Bass Lake Realty, grabbers can be borrowed.

4. I don't think I can make it all four hours.

We don't expect everyone to pick up trash for four hours. We welcome all helpers, even if only for an hour.

5. I'd like to bring my child along, but is it safe?

This is not a recommended activity for young children. However, the Boy Scouts in North Fork, accompanied by Scout leaders, have been participating safely for years. You could perhaps take your child to school grounds to pick up trash. Whereas that's not exactly the objective of the day, you'll be providing great training for your child.

6. Can I clean up Highway 41 and Highway 49?

Those two roads are state highways that fall under CalTrans' jurisdiction. You must be an approved Adopt-a-hwy volunteer with the appropriate permits to pick up those two highways. Our focus for the cleanup is on County-maintained roads. (Adopt-a-hwy volunteers may certainly choose to cleanup on this day.)

7. I'd like to help, but physically I'm unable to.

Call one of the numbers listed below. There may be a way for you to help out that doesn't involve physical exertion.

8. Why are you doing this cleanup? Wasn't there one just a few months ago?

Yes, we schedule a cleanup twice a year, usually in May and October. After a roadside has been thoroughly cleaned up, unfortunately, it doesn't stay that way. Whether it's on-purpose littering, inadvertent littering, or littering through negligence (loads not being properly secured), an area that was once spotless will become trashy again. In addition to the scheduled cleanups, KOMB advocates for policies and practices that help prevent roadside litter.

If you share our concerns and our vision for a beautiful mountain area, join us. New members are welcome. Call (559) 760-1058 or (559) 877-2361 if you would like to join KOMB and/or attend the next meeting.

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