LUMBERTON — A new push to keep Robeson County clean and green has begun.
Robeson County Clean & Green Committee representatives came before the county Board of Commissioners on Monday to ask their support in fighting littering. To that end, Nila Chamberlain and Richard Monroe invited board members to attend an event May 2 at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center. The event, which will feature a dinner, is to start at 6 p.m. and is intended as an opportunity to speak with local residents and government, business and education leaders about being involved in getting the county “clean and green again.”
In particular that means reaching out to parents to inspire them to teach their children that littering is wrong, Chamberlain said.
“My thought is littering is a moral issue,” she said. “I mean that very seriously.”
People must be taught that it is wrong to trash the world we have been given, Chamberlain said..
“I think it is a wonderful thing,” board Chairman Tom Taylor said. “I just wish people would quit throwing trash out, when they go to fast-food restaurants and then throw their trash out on the side of the road.”
Civic leaders need the people’s help keeping the county clean, Taylor said. People need to take their trash to the dump and to report people they see littering.
“When companies come to Robeson County, they look at different things, and that’s one of them,” Taylor said of widespread litter.
County residents need to be taught they deserve better, Chamberlain said.
“We’re here, very simply, to ask for your support and to come to the event and shake hands and to talk with people,” she said.
Reach T.C. Hunter at 910-816-1974.