As part of the county’s litter abatement program, solid waste coordinator Dwight Cockrill seeks non-profit groups in Logan County to help pick up trash on a stretch of roadway. In November Cockrill said he wanted to target one road in particular (431 North) that hadn’t been cleaned in the seven years he has been with the county.
“This is a very dangerous road,” said Cockrill. “And it has a lot of trash throw on the sides. I knew it needed to be picked up, but was concerned about the safety of those who may be doing the job.”
Cockrill said he contacted one of the groups that pick up for him. This group is one of his best groups and he knew they would be able to handle the amount of litter, as well as the amount of danger the road posed.
“I called on Sue Sharp of the Dream Riders organization,” said Cockrill. “I offered them $600 to help with this road and they accepted. This is a superior group of individuals and they can really clean up a road.”
Dream Riders serves individuals with a variety of disabilities and conditions. They provide quality recreational horseback riding programs in a safe and enjoyable environment to improve and build upon the abilities of their students. Horseback riding heps not only physically disabled but mentally disabled as well. Riders learn to trust, helping to alleviate depression, anxiety, and self-doubt.
According to Cockrill, there were 613 bags of trash picked up off the roadsides in Logan County in the month of November and 236 for the month of December. There were 174 bags picked up just on 431 North.
“They filled up 174 30 gallon bags of trash,” said Cockrill of the Dream Riders group. “The road looked great for a couple of weeks, unfortunately, it is once again showing signs of litter.”
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