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"Litter" Bug Contest

Mecklenburg County's newest warrior in the war against litter is hitting the road - literally. It's a Volkswagon Beetle, dressed up to keep the fight against roadside trash visible along the highways and byways of Mecklenburg County. But the car needs a name. "Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful" wants your help in naming the litter-battling Beetle.

June 1, 2005

Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County's newest warrior in the war against litter is hitting the road - literally. The "Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful" message - that citizens should take responsibility for improving their environment  - will be part of a new mobile sign being unveiled during the downtown race weekend activities.

It's a Volkswagon Beetle, dressed up to keep the fight against roadside trash visible along the highways and byways of Mecklenburg County. But the car needs a name. "Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful" wants your help in naming the litter-battling Beetle.

Submit your entry:

  • Visit the Web site www.wipeoutwaste.com for an entry form.
  • Or pick up a form at the Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 North Tryon Street,

Entries will be accepted through June 30 with a winner announced on July 15. The winner will ride in the as-yet-unnamed Beetle during the 2005 Carolinas Carrousel parade on Thanksgiving Day.

While shopping for a new staff vehicle to be used for litter surveys, site investigations and general field tasks, Mecklenburg County determined the car could be used for multiple purposes - transportation and education. The vehicle will spend several hours a day on the road - a mobile symbol of Mecklenburg County's commitment to wipe out litter. It will promote Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, litter prevention programs, and opportunities to volunteer.

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. It's primary focus is the County's unincorporated areas and towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. The organization conducts an annual litter index and works to engage the community to take greater responsibility for their environment.




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