July 13, 2004
Charlotte, NC - Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful celebrated its certification by the national Keep America Beautiful organization with its first litter prevention initiative - persuading candidates to pledge to have their campaign signs removed from public rights of way within 10 days of the primary.
The candidates signed the pledges on large posters after Mayor Jennifer T. Stultz of Gastonia, official representative of Keep America Beautiful, presented the certificate of affiliation to Mecklenburg County. Mecklenburg County is a sponsor of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful (KMB) and the County's litter prevention coordinator, Brenda Barger, serves as executive director.
KMB will operate in the County's unincorporated areas and towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. Keep Charlotte Beautiful has been operating for some time in the City.
Campaign signs can quickly become unsightly litter after an election and KMB's first initiative is to address the problem. Lauren Steele, chairman of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, presided over the pledge signing ceremony during which more than a dozen candidates signed the pledge or had a representative sign for them.
"The KMB organizers feel the campaign sign initiative is timely because, after an election, signs can and do quickly become litter," says Steele. "We thought this initiative was an important way to celebrate our official beginning as an organization and address one of our purposes-litter prevention."
For more information about Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful and efforts to prevent litter in Mecklenburg County, check the Web site
www.wipeoutwaste.com or call 704-432-1772
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