To The Editor:
Earth Day will be celebrated around the world on Sunday, April 22.
In Oswego County we are blessed with beautiful lakes and rivers, parks and wilderness areas that provide year-round recreation to residents and visitors alike.
Unfortunately, too many people have gotten the impression that it’s OK to litter because someone else will be there to pick it up.
The Oswego County Green Team is a volunteer group of citizens who organized a few years ago to reduce litter in Oswego County.
We’ve started a pilot program with students in the Fulton school district to instill community pride and teach children to be responsible for their own trash.
We distribute bright yellow biodegradable litter bags for people to use in their cars and trucks.
We encourage people to properly dispose of their own trash and are working with the DEC at the Salmon River Hatchery in Altmar to encourage anglers to keep our stream banks clean.
All our materials are donated by individuals, businesses and organizations who support our efforts to keep Oswego County clean and green.
What can you do to help?
You can set a good example by taking care of your own trash and encouraging others to do the same.
Littering is expensive.
It reduces property values and damages our natural resources.
It’s estimated that American taxpayers spend more than $11 billion a year to clean up litter in our nation, and businesses spend more than $91 billion.
If you’d like to get involved in supporting the Green Team, please contact me at [email protected]
To donate, send checks payable to Oswego County Soil & Water Conservation District, with a notation for “Oswego County Green Team Anti-Litter Campaign,” to Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, Attn. Cindy Williams, 3105 State Route 3, Fulton, NY 13069.
On Earth Day, and every day, we remember these words by author Louis L’Amour:
“We are the stewards of our universe; we have temporary use of it while we are here. It’s up to us to be responsible to take care of it thus leaving it a better place for our children and generations to come.”
World War II veteran and chairman of Oswego County Green Team