Dear Mr. Halikowski (Director ADOT),
We are requesting that the hundreds of litter bags “bagged” this weekend on Highway 260 and Scenic Highway 89A (30 miles) be left in place until November 27, 2011. On November 27, they will be picked up by our recycling crew instead of your Highway Maintenance Departments having to deal with this chore (time and money saved).
The recycling effort on the part of FolksvilleUSA means that 80% of the contents will go to recycling and 20% to a dumpster and eventually to a landfill instead of when ADOT picks up the bags and 100% goes to the landfill.
If sustainability is our mutual goal then please leave the bags of trash in place until November 27 and we will pick them up.
A much bigger reason to leave the bags in place is EDUCATION. The residents, tourists and others need to see we are proactive in our efforts to educate and change the culture of the Verde Valley, our state and the nation. The “Broken Window Theory” that applies to residential areas also applies to what we call the “Broken Highway Theory” and the negative impact to our communities.
There will be those who don’t like the bags left in place but they need to know about and respect the efforts and wishes of those of us who keep highways clean.
Please let me know your thoughts. I would be willing to discuss this with you and even meet you in Phoenix so we can make Arizona the “Gold” standard for Adopt-A-Highway Programs.
I will be sending you and the media a photo link of our activities (by separate email). Let’s not let this great educational opportunity escape.
Gary Chamberlain www.FolksvilleUSA.com firstname.lastname@example.org