RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) reaffirmed its commitment to a clean environment and litter-free roadways on Earth Day, encouraging all Virginians to take the No Love for Litter pledge.
VDOT provided the following statistics about litter in Virginia on Thursday, April 22:
- Nearly $3.5 million from taxpayers is spent each year to take care of litter on Virginia’s roadways.
- More than 50% of roadway litter comes from motorists and another 25% is from pedestrians.
- A significant amount of roadway litter comes from vehicles with improperly covered loads.
- Nearly 75% of litter comes from people consciously choosing to litter on Virginia’s roads.
According to officials, the “Virginia is for Lovers, Not Litter” campaign launched in September 2020 to educate residents and visitors about the negative impacts of littering on Virginia roadways, as well as encourage them to do their part to keep the Commonwealth litter-free in order to improve the environment for current and future generations.
In addition to taking the No Love for Litter Pledge, VDOT reminds residents, businesses, and organizations of the ongoing opportunities to keep Virginia clean and beautiful:
- Join the Adopt-a-Highway program and volunteer to clean litter on Virginia roadways.
- Sponsor a segment of highway for cleanup through VDOT’s Beautify Virginia program.
- Check out VDOT’s partner Keep Virginia Beautiful to learn about ways to keep the Commonwealth clean.
VDOT says it employs a comprehensive strategy for bettering the health and beauty of Virginia through these opportunities, as well as Chesapeake Bay Watershed programs and the Pollinator Habitat Program.