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Wilson County is becoming trashy — and I mean that literally.
People of a certain age can remember those green plastic litter bags hanging from the cigarette lighter in the car. Children were taught to put litter in those bags. I remember the slogans “Keep America Beautiful” and “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute.”
Our beautiful roadsides have become trash dumps, which is baffling, since the county of Wilson provides strategically placed dump sites for trash throughout the county.
On my road alone, not counting the endless fast-food bags, soda cans and bottles, I have seen a birdcage, a car bumper, mattresses and a 55-gallon drum full of trash dumped in a ditch.
Most of what is thrown from car windows or falls from the back of vehicles is not biodegradable and winds up in streams and creeks, polluting water for humans, pets and wildlife.
It is distressing to come into Wilson on N.C. 42 and see all the trash lining the roadside.
Fellow citizens, if we don’t take more pride in where we live and make more mindful choices, no one is going to want to visit or live in Wilson and Wilson County.