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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Marion County launches anti-litter campaign

During the Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting that was held on Tuesday, Solid Waste Director Mark Johnson and Solid Waste Resources Liaison Lucy Flores kicked off an anti-litter campaign in Marion County.

The campaign invites the community to “step up, pick it up, and don’t litter to help keep Marion County beautiful for generations to come.”

Marion County launches anti litter campaign
The logo for Marion County’s anti-litter campaign

The anti-litter campaign is the result of discussion by the Litter Task Force initiative, which was an advisory board created in 2021 at the request of Commissioner Craig Curry. The purpose of the task force was to “enlist the entire community in an effort to eradicate litter and illegal dumping, while changing the mindset and behavior of those that live, work, and play within Marion County.”

On Tuesday, the launching of the anti-litter campaign included a recap of the steps that are currently being taken to eradicate litter in Marion County, as well as a timeline of upcoming action items that include a mascot, a litter-free pledge, billboards, bus wraps, and informational QR code cards to educate the public.

Another significant portion of the campaign includes an initiative with Marion County Public Schools to help educate the community on the negative affects that litter has on the local environment.

The commissioners have also established a uniform procedure for managing Ordinance 22-30 related to litter and junk among all enforcement officers and departments. In coordination with the State Attorney, the County Attorney, and the Sheriff’s Attorney, the County Administrator’s office drafted the policy which provides for the training and qualifications of all Marion County non-law-enforcement employees who are designated to enforce this ordinance.

To view the full presentation, action items, and policy related to the ordinance, along with the litter-free pledge, visit Marion County’s Environmental Services webpage.