Beginning Saturday, April 9, the Alexandria Police Department, with support from the Alice Ferguson Foundation and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, plans to increase enforcement of existing litter laws throughout the City. This effort coincides with the inaugural Litter Enforcement Month in the Washington DC metro area that will take place from April 9 to May 7, 2011. This year, The Litter Enforcement Working Group is Co-Chaired by Deputy Chief, Hassan Aden.
On Saturday, April 9, the 23rd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup will take place, where thousands of volunteers will remove trash and debris from the Potomac River at hundreds of sites throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Litter Enforcement Month is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative (TFPWI), to support local law officers as they dedicate one month to vigorously enforce litter laws, illegal dumping, and unsecured truck load laws. The Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative (TFPWI) is a region-wide effort spearheaded by the Alice Ferguson Foundation to raise awareness of litter, illegal dumping and related crimes; the laws associated with them, and their social and environmental effects on our communities, our economy and the Potomac River. This initiative seeks to have the watershed trash free by 2013.
Litter Enforcement Month encourages area residents to partner with their local law enforcement agency to discourage the careless discarding of trash and work toward changing behaviors that contribute to making our community not only less attractive, but that present a health and economic hazard.
For more information or to volunteer, visit www.PotomacCleanup.org or call 202.973.8203. For more information on Litter Enforcement Month please visit www.fergusonfoundation.org.