KCNB pushing for participation in Adopt-a-Mile

COVINGTON -- Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful is encouraging local businesses and organizations to participate in its Adopt-a-Mile program, as litter on local streets has increased and there are less funds available for government agencies to tackle the problem.

"Several groups that have participated in the past aren't actively picking up. Over the years, it's fallen by the wayside, so we're trying to get people to renew their paperwork and also to add more partners," said Laurie Riley, program education specialist with KCNB.

Groups are asked to clean up 1 mile of roadway four times per year. KCNB provides vests, gloves and trash bags for all cleanups. All that is required to participate in Adopt-a-Mile is completion of a form. After cleanups, groups report to KCNB how many people participated, number of hours worked and how many bags of trash were collected. A sign bearing the name of the group will be erected along the roadway to recognize their efforts.

According to a press release from KCNB, the county's litter index increased from 1.4 to 1.67 between 2008 and 2009. Litter index scoring is based on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being the lowest and 4 the highest. Budget cuts have curbed government efforts to deal with litter, Riley said.

Covington was the first community in Georgia to implement the Adopt-a-Mile program, which was started statewide by Newton native B.C. Crowell, retired longtime chairman of KCNB.

KCNB is asking all groups interested in participating in the program to call 770-784-2015. Past and present participants may also call to update paperwork.

The following groups have recently signed on or renewed their commitments to Adopt-a-Mile: Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center; Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington; Wildlife Resources; Georgia Perimeter College; Alcovy High FFA; Burge Plantation; The Church at Covington; Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd; Life Pointe Church of the Nazarene; Cub Scout Pack 4511; Bethany Presbyterian Church; Early Hope Church Ministries; Project Adventure; Leadership Newton County -- Class of 2006; the Jim Tudor family, First United Methodist Church; and Wal-Mart.