Thu, June 27

Letters: Let's make trash collection a Verde Valley team sport


Thank you Neil Dixon, Reese's Tire & Automotive Tire Pros and participants.

Some 102 bags of litter were collected on Highway 260 and Highway 89A this past Saturday (February 26, 2015) by the groups noted below.

Participating Highway 89A Groups between Cottonwood and Sedona: (10 bags) Verde Valley Cyclists, (7 bags) Halau Hula Na-Pua-O-Ka-Lei-'Ilama, (12 bags) Sedona Pines LLC and (11 bags) Sedona Pines Resort.

Participating Highway 260 Adopt-A-Highway Groups between Cottonwood and Camp Verde: (29 bags) Verde Village Property Owners Association, (10 bags) Highlands Resort at Verde Ridge and (23 bags) Camp Verde FedEx Ground.

During our conversation, we discussed the dramatic increase in the amount of trash on our local highways in 2014 and now 2015. You ask me what Reese's Tire & Automotive Tire Pros could do to improve this situation and I suggested that your organization promote the four time per year cleanup events that were once a regular occurrence in the Verde Valley and provide doughnuts for all of the ADOT Adopt-A-Highway groups that cleaned our highway on those specific dates ... to which you said "YES".

There have been many generous businesses that have supported the ADOT Adopt-A-Highway groups over the years and it our combined hope that other businesses follow your lead and do something to show their appreciation for the many Adopt-A-Highway groups in the area that enhance the image and economy of the Verde Valley.

We discussed the possibilities if local businesses would consider "Adopting" one of the many ADOT Adopt-A-Highway groups and offering them something of value for the task they perform picking up litter on May 16, August 15 and November 21. We discussed how these anti-litter events could be used to showcase our Verde Valley communities and how folks might be drawn to the area to witness or participate in this activity.

The need for the anti-littering messages of the "Crying Indian" needs to be revived for the image and economy of the Verde Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona and the nation to prosper.

If Kentucky can have the greatest garage sale mile (400) then why can't the Verde Valley start the longest connecting sections of Adopt-A-Highway groups (what the mind can conceive and believe, it CAN achieve!) and as a Mingus High football coach, you understand this concept more than most.

It should be noted that of the 102 bags of trash collected, 33 bags were filled by the Sedona AZ Footy Soccer team that uses this and other community activities to support their team activities.

Thank you Neil Dixon and Reese's Tire & Automotive Tire Pros and those that might follow your lead and may your May 16, 2015 anti-litter event include even more participants and media organization participation.

"Many hands with one goal yields results, just like team sports"

Gary Chamberlain