MOUNT VERNON — Littering is a selfish habit that decreases the scenic beauty of parks, trails and roadways in Knox County. Litter also detracts from the overall appeal of Knox County as a great place to visit, to raise a family and to retire.
To help restore Knox County to litter-free living, the Knox County Board of Commissioners is seeking individuals, civic clubs, youth groups and other not-for-profit organizations to collect litter along any trail and roadway in Knox County. This will be the fourth straight year that the board has offered stipends for litter collection. Stipends are funded through grants and donations, which have been strictly allocated to recycling and litter prevention.
Individuals and organizations interested in participating are allowed to choose the trail or roadway they are interested in cleaning and when to perform the litter collection. All litter collection events must be completed by May 8, to be eligible for a stipend.
Participants interested in conducting a litter collection should call Linda Montgomery, in the Knox County Commissioners office at 393-6704 to register. All safety equipment (gloves, trash bags, safety vests and first aid kits) are furnished, along with a permit for free trash bag disposal. Individuals and crew leaders can pick up supplies in the Knox County Commissioners Office at 117 E. High St., Suite 161, Mount Vernon, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The past three years of litter collection have resulted in 1,291 bags of trash being removed from Knox County roadways with $5,205 awarded as stipends. Stipends are mailed to participants in late May, after all collections have been concluded and the information processed.