Press release from Saluda Lifestyles:
SALUDA, NC — Ozone Drive in Saluda, the main entryway to downtown from I-26, collects a lot of drink containers, plastic wrappers, and other litter. Volunteers with the Saluda Business Association pick it up every quarter from the roadway as part of the NC Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
Seven volunteers completed the most recent litter collection March 9 – 12, collecting 16 bags of garbage and recycling. The Saluda Business Association adopted Ozone Drive in 2016.
Carolyn Ashburn, Saluda Business Association member who spearheads the litter pick up, said, “We have some very dedicated volunteers who get out and collect debris and litter on Ozone Drive four times a year.” The next litter pickup on Ozone Drive is scheduled for June 9 – 11. If you are interested in volunteering with the garbage collection email Ashburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NCDOT local maintenance office provides volunteers with orange garbage bags (reversible to blue for recyclables), reflective vests and gloves.
Started in 1988, the NCDOT Adopt-A-Highway program helps decrease the amount of litter on the state’s roadsides and improves environmental beauty, quality and safety while saving taxpayer dollars. In 2017, more than 50,000 volunteers removed more than 1 million pounds of litter from more than 10,000 miles of state roadways.
The Saluda Business Association Inc. (SBA) represents approximately 60 area merchants, service providers, artisans and crafts people, building contractors, and interested individuals who love Saluda. The vision of the SBA is to help Saluda prosper, preserve its heritage and culture, and to keep revenue and the next generation in the community.