BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – The Greater Leland Beautification Coalition has recently formed to spread awareness about the litter issues in the Cape Fear area.
The coalition was formed by Rosemarie Russo and Nancy Celli in January 2020. Both ladies live in Leland and noticed several areas around town were covered with trash. Russo posted on Nextdoor, the social networking site for neighborhoods, about the problem and got a large response. That’s when she and Celli decided to start a group to address the litter problem in the area.
The group is focused on many things including educating young minds about litter issues.
“We’re going to go into the classrooms and we would like to go in and educate children, of all ages, not to litter,” said Celli.
The coalition also would like to see local law enforcement enforce stricter punishment for those who who litter. Right now under North Carolina’s anti-litter law, may be fined and face community service for littering, according to NCDOT.
Celli says cleaning up the litter can also help address the issue.
“We will be working with DOT regarding Adopt-A-Highway and the biannual sweep programs,” said Celli.
“We want to see the funding changed and we want to see the anti-litter law changed,” said Celli.
The Greater Leland Beautification Coalition is asking for people to join their core team. If you’re interested in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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