GEORGETOWN — In the Lone Star State, they have “Don’t Mess with Texas.” In Pennsylvania, they have “The Litterbug.” But in Delaware, a statewide littering awareness campaign doesn’t exist, and some say that’s why many people continue to trash the First State.
“I think there’s a lot of challenges for Delaware with littering,” said Debbie Heaton, chair of the Conservation Committee for the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club. “I don’t think we have any of the anti-littering groups here that other places do. It’s mostly something that’s done once or twice a year.”
According to the Ocean Conservancy, which monitors marine debris nationwide, the mid-Atlantic region has seen a 5 percent increase in the amount of trash dumped outside landfills since 2005.
Last year, the Delaware Department of Transportation spent more than $14,000 to remove 3,400 garbage bags from state roadways. That was a significant increase over 2007, when about 1,010 bags were collected.
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