Wytheville supervisor announces Wythe County trash pickup contest, offers cash prize

New River Valley News

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — You could win money by working to make Wythe County a bit cleaner.

Ryan Lawson, the East Wytheville Supervisor, is holding a contest to encourage residents to pick up litter. If you pick up litter along the roads in Wythe County, Lawson will personally give $300 to the winner of the contest.

Participants must post pictures in the comments section of the original Facebook post below:

Your post must include:

  • A picture of your trash haul with you in it.
  • A picture of the road that you picked the trash up on.

The road must be in Wythe County. The deadline to post your pictures is May 1. Participants can submit one entry into the drawing per each 30-gallon trash bag filled or ten entries per truckload of trash.

The winner will be announced on the original Facebook post on May 2.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office and other Wythe County officials worked with the regional jail and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to have inmate work crews clean roadsides.

However, officials say work crews have been sidelined due to the pandemic. This has resulted in a litter problem that is worse than most recent years.

If you participate, you are asked to wear marked and easily-visible clothing or safety vests and watch for traffic.

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