I’m feeling quite annoyed at the residents in Wilkes County and other parts of North Carolina for allowing our beautiful countryside to become their personal trash bin.

My hat is off to the local “Clean Up Wilkes” volunteers who frequently and selflessly give of their time to clean up our highways and local roads, only to see the trash return.

Wake up, neighbors. It’s time to look around your own neighborhood and take an hour each week to pick up those beer cans, fast food bags, plastic junk and miscellaneous garbage.

The coronavirus is upon us and we all may soon feel quite confined to our homes with no school and eager for a diversion.

No one has said you can’t go outside, so how about walking your own road or another road you travel covered in litter and spending an afternoon cleaning up?

Wear work gloves and boots and bring a grabber tool. The N.C. Department of Transportation will pick up your filled bags.

Just call and tell them the location. The DOT number is 336-903-9243. They’ll even provide bags. We all need to pitch in.

GWEN SHAFER,

Wilkesboro, N.C.

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