A trash source success: parking lot on St. Augustine Road, Valdosta

Photos: parking lot; Hightower Creek

Valdosta, GA, October 7, 2021 — Other businesses can do what Stafford did, and our creeks and rivers will be a lot cleaner! That will make Valdosta, Lowndes County, and every place downstream, more attractive to new and existing businesses, and healthier for people who live here.

After many times cleaning up trash from Sugar Creek near the Withlacoochee River, WWALS member Bobby McKenzie went upstream in Valdosta, found some sources, and one of the big ones listened. Other businesses can follow this example: put trash cans in parking lots, empty them, and keep them swept.

Bobby tells the story:

“We identified hundreds of pounds of trash being thrown into the tree line just feet from Hightower Creek. The parking lot owner is Valdosta Mall Corners c/o Stafford Development Company (Stafford).

“Once we found the correct people in Stafford to talk to, the litter problem became clear and action was taken quickly to clean up the mess. Stafford’s landscaper cleaned up a full truck load of trash from the tree line and nearby creek. Going even […]

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A trash source success: parking lot on St. Augustine Road, Valdosta
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A trash source success: parking lot on St. Augustine Road, Valdosta
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Cleaning up trash near the Withlacoochee River, Bobby McKenzie WWALS went upstream, found some sources, and one of the big ones listened.
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