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D. W. Lawhorne, Bedford’s superintendent of public works, has been elected president of the Virginia Litter Council for Litter Prevention and Recycling for the coming year.
Lawhorne said that the Council consists of representatives of 180 Virginia localities. It works with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to get grants to buy supplies for litter clean-up activities and information on recycling. Lawhorne was elected during the Council’s quarterly meeting on Nov. 14.
“We are heavily involved with our programs,” Lawhorne said.
The city’s major litter initiative is the Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission (KBBC), which has been around since 1971. KBBC does city-wide clean-ups every year in April and October. Volunteers are provided with bags, gloves and safety vests and spend two hours picking up trash.
“We average 75 people who show up for that,” said Lawhorne.
KBBC has a Facebook profile and you can find it by searching for Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission.
One of the city’s major recycling efforts is its annual e-waste recycling day, scheduled for April. The city collects old electronic equipment for recycling.