If you want to help keep our community’s highways and streets clean, and get a cool freebie in the bargain, the Warren County litter grant program has you covered. Local residents are invited to participate in the county’s 11th annual Tarp the Truck event this Thursday, May 14, at the Fairgrounds Convenience Center.
The event, which is funded by a grant from TDOT, begins at 7:30 a.m. and works like this. The first 200 residents who bring at least one bag of recyclable materials will be provided a free 8x10-foot tarpaulin. According to litter grant coordinator Mary Lou Ward, the tarp giveaway is part of an effort to reduce litter on Warren County roads. Ward says folks who carry their trash off in the back of their trucks, without some sort of covering, may inadvertently contribute to the litter problem, or even endanger other drivers, if trash blows out of their truck and onto the road.
The free tarps are designed to prevent that by giving drivers an easy, and effective, way to cover the beds of their trucks.
Ward says recyclable materials include aluminum cans, plastic containers, cardboard, paper or any other recyclable material accepted at the fairgrounds convenience center.
“We want to encourage people to recycle,” said Ward, “and at the same time prevent littering. We think this is a great way to do that.”