What the residents of Fayetteville can do about road waste
Waste has been cited as a major problem by many residents and businesses in Fayetteville. This can affect the experience of people visiting the city, as well as the quality of life of residents.
In Fayetteville alone, garbage collection crews collect more than two tonnes of garbage each week from public areas and roads. The Town of Fayetteville and the County of Cumberland are looking for creative ways to tackle this problem.
Successful campaigns to reduce waste may involve the application of fines for waste, increased participation of residents in cleaning efforts, and a reduction in disposable packaging for businesses. A study by Keep America Beautiful found that in the United States, there is 152 garbage in the environment for every person. The study also found that the presence of trash reduces the property value of a house by just over 7%.
Plastics are particularly damaging to the environment and to wildlife, as they can break down into small pieces and fish and other animals ingest the pieces. Our water supply is treated before it goes to our faucets, but pollution of the watershed by waste can make water treatment more difficult and costly, and can even make it unfit for consumption.
The waste problem may seem overwhelming and may currently outweigh the financial and human resources available to combat it, but there is good reason to hope that we can reduce waste in Fayetteville. The Keep America Beautiful study found that road waste has decreased by 54% nationwide over the past decade.
Residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County can be part of the solution by using less disposable packaging, supporting businesses that dispose of disposable items, reporting trash cases and volunteering at cleanup events city-wide. Perhaps the most immediate impact residents can have is volunteering at the Town of Fayetteville’s monthly automatic cleanups in heavily littered areas.
They can also participate in the Campaign Against Waste 5 for Friday, a collaborative effort between the city, Cumberland County and Sustainable Sandhills. Anyone can make the 5 Friday Pledge to collect five trash and drop it off in a trash can or recycling bin every Friday. Information on both of these opportunities is available at 5forfriday.org.
Report waste, illegal dumping
Many residents also don’t realize how important it is to report litter and illegal dumping. The FayFixIt app has a ‘Swat a Litterbug’ button where residents can report the license plate number of someone they observe dumping litter. This tool can be used to report cases of garbage exiting truck platforms, which often results in garbage along the roads.
North Carolina law requires waste transported in the backs of trucks to be secure. Additionally, residents can report illegal spills by calling the environmental hotline at 910-438-4075. Fines for garbage in Fayetteville or Cumberland County range from $ 100 to $ 2,000 and can include community service work.
In order to deter waste, the City created the RAPID (Removing And Preventing Illegal Dumping) team. Composed of employees of the Code Enforcement Division of the city’s development services department, the sole purpose of this team is to prevent, investigate and remove illegally dumped materials.
Here in Fayetteville, televisions, mattresses, furniture and other items often end up being dumped on private property, although the town offers a service to collect and dispose of them for free. Those who live in a home or multi-family residence in Fayetteville can call 910-433-1329 for free pickup of almost any item.
Those who live outside of Fayetteville can use the county’s 16 container sites, listed at the bottom of this article, to dispose of bulky waste. Furniture, mattresses and construction debris can only be disposed of at the Ann Street landfill.
Residents wishing to have usable furniture and household items can contact the Foodservice Warehouse (910-321-0780) or Habitat for Humanity in the Fayetteville area (fayettevillenchabitat.org or 910-920-4657) to free pickup. These two organizations accept furniture, appliances, cabinets, sinks, doors and windows.
It is much more sustainable to buy used furniture and building materials at one of these places, rather than buying new items. Sustainable Sandhills can help you find a legal provision for any other item by emailing [email protected] or calling 910-484-9098.
My colleagues on the Sustainable Sandhills team and I are encouraging residents to reduce their use of disposable materials. Buy reusable bags, choose reusable bottles over bottled water, and encourage local businesses to do the same to slow the huge increase in waste on our planet. After all, there is no planet B!
Anna Chott is the Waste Management Project Coordinator for Sustainable Sandhills, a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by creating resilient environmental, economic and social resources in the Sandhills. She can be reached at 910-484-9098 or [email protected]
Cumberland County Container Sites for Waste Disposal
698, rue Ann, Fayetteville
7427 Camden Road, Fayetteville
7931, chemin Turnbull, Fayetteville
3961, pl. Hummingbird, Fayetteville
4465 Macedonia Church Road, Fayetteville
4674 Researcher Dr, Fayetteville
3811 Ed Dudley Road, Fayetteville
2281 Odom Road, Fayetteville
5746 Kennel Road, Wade
2210 Rich Walker Road, Wade
1066, chemin Wade-Stedman, Stedman
9221 Giles Road, Linden
1600 Little River Road, Spring Lake
4759 Black Bridge Road, Parkton
2331 Polly Island Road, Autryville
5488 Leitha Ln., Godwin
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