Letter: A New Year's resolution for a cleaner Dalton

It’s a great time to be part of all the good things happening in Dalton. Whether it’s the local government, the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Believe Greater Dalton or various other community-minded groups and organizations, a lot of our citizens are working together to address many of our community’s areas for improvement. And we’re making progress, leading to tangible improvements throughout our area.

However, I believe there is one underlying blemish that exists in our community that needs to be addressed or else it will dampen all of our other successes. It’s the issue of litter. Our city and county alike have excessive amounts of trash on our streets, at our parks and in parking lots and fields. Whether it’s illegal dumping on the side of the road, ash trays emptied in parking lots or overflowing trash cans causing loose items to blow away, litter is an undeniable problem in our community.

This past year our Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful board hosted multiple community cleanups and events such as the Conasauga River Cleanup, collecting hundreds of pounds of trash. But a handful of events with a limited number of people can only do so much. Going forward we need a more organic approach that utilizes our entire community.

As we move into 2019, allow me to make a suggestion for a New Year’s resolution. What if we all decided to pick up one piece of trash a day for the entire year? A piece of paper that blew into you yard. An empty bottle on the sidewalk. The gum wrapper blowing through your office’s parking lot. Do you think our community would look noticeably nicer if every day for a year we each made sure to pick up just a single piece of trash?

Let me encourage you to join me in making this simple commitment. It will take all of us but I believe we can make #DaltonCleanIn2019

Aaron Marcelli

Treasurer, Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful

Dalton

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