PO Box 1138, Cornville, AZ 86325
8th Story November 25, 2009
“581 Bags of Litter Removed from Scenic Highway 89A”
Scenic Highway 89A has been under the microscope since April 25, 2009 by the “Virtual” town of Folksville, USA. Though the town of Folksville is a virtual town, the people and their stories aren’t. The “Road Warriors, Culture Warriors and CSI participants have raised the awareness to the amount of litter collected on this highway by chronicling their efforts.
Some 308 people or 616 eyeballs that have documented the following:
- April 25, 2009. There were 221 bags of litter were collected between Cottonwood (MP-356) and Sedona (MP-270) and this didn’t include a 4 mile section of the highway.
- July 2009. There were 219 bags of litter collected between Cottonwood (MP-356) and Sedona (MP-370). This effort took 18 people 129 hours.
- From April 25, 2009 until December 27, 2009, there were a total of 581 bags of litter removed between Sedona and Cottonwood.
- From April until December there has been stolen identification, a weapon, cash and many usable items recovered from the highway.
- There have been over 3,800 man-hours of labor invested in this effort by the Folksville community, over $4,800 raffle prizes donated by businesses to those who assisted in our cleanup effort. Thousands of tax payer dollars have been spent by our diligent ADOT Highway maintenance crew cleaning up or supporting the efforts to combat illegally dumped litter.
- Cornville’s “Lower Oak Creek Estates” was the first Road Warrior & CSI group to complete an Arizona historic recycling event according to ADOT. By sorting through 78 of 219 bags of litter collected in July, they categorized 1985 items consisting of alcoholic, soda, water, and other recyclable items. These 1985 accumulated between April 25, 2009 and the end of July 2009 on a 5 mile section of highway located between MP-363 to MP-368.
- CSI (Citizen Special Investigator) a “Neighborhood Watch” type program was employed resulting in 14,000 business sized cards with police dispatch phone numbers were purchased by local businesses and individuals to be used in reporting illegal littering and criminal activities. The result of this program will be chronicled in the near future.
For more information about how to get involved in our effort to restore the beauty to “America the Beautiful and Arizona” visit the Folksville, USA Town Hall. The town hall is located within Randall’s Restaurant, 891 S. Main, Cottonwood, AZ.
Gary Chamberlain PhD
Mayor Folksville, USA
Editor Folksville News