JUDI LLOYD: Keeping New Bern clean
Many people I’ve met here have chosen New Bern as their home and are extremely proud of our fair little city on the “inner banks.” We enjoy having family, friends and tourists visit New Bern and remark what a wonderful place it is. So, let’s do something about the trash on the sides of our roadways.
Craven County Clean Sweep sponsors three annual clean up events on the first Saturdays of February, May and October to help keep New Bern streets and waterways free of litter. The upcoming one will be Feb. 4, but if that day is not convenient, you can choose another day that fits your schedule.
You can choose to help out in any of these ways: by walking along the streets in your own neighborhood; by using your boat to clean up the waterway of your choice; by meeting with others at Lawson Creek Park at 9 a.m. on that Saturday to be assigned a spot or by simply picking any other “trashy” area that’s been bothering you. The amount of time you spend on this is totally up to you – it can be 15 minutes or a few hours. You will feel a sense of pride when you look back on the stretch of land you finished cleaning!
The Craven County Extension Office will supply the bags, which when full you just leave on the side of the road for them to pick up. Call 252-633-1477.
And, YES, cigarette butts are trash; they are not biodegradable unless unfiltered. Really, just look along the streets. Please do not throw your butts out of the car window; that’s what your car ashtray is for.
There is now a permanent electronics recycling place, sponsored through Craven County, at the Tuscarora (Cove City) solid waste facility. Computers and TVs are the main items that they want as those items are now banned from the landfill. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. There is no charge for this service. The storage pod is located across from the scale house.
There is no reason for New Bern to not keep a neat appearance with all this help from its loving citizens. Let’s all make an effort to pitch in this month!
Judi Lloyd lives in River Bend and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org