• Anti-litter enthusiasts Scott Hinton, Easton Hinton, Pierce Burns, Lanie Hinton and Breezy Hinton (from left) have taken home cash twice for their cleanup efforts in Cherokee County.
    Anti-litter enthusiasts Scott Hinton, Easton Hinton, Pierce Burns, Lanie Hinton and Breezy Hinton (from left) have taken home cash twice for their cleanup efforts in Cherokee County.

Cash 4 Trash program gets plenty of support

    Anti-litter activist Gary Chamberlain has done it again.
    After taking a respite from publicly advocating against litter for a few months, Chamberlain has helped build massive community support for his Cash 4 Trash program. Local businesses have come together to donate $1,982 to help encourage residents, particularly young people, to get on board and keep the county clean.
    Of the money collected, $300 has been given to Martins Creek School, Murphy Middle School and Murphy High School for their anti-litter efforts.
    Folks can win the cash by picking up litter at a selected location and answering several questions on the N.C. Litter-free Coalition’s website. The winner of the first two Cash 4 Trash events was the Hinton family of Murphy, who said their main reason for picking up trash was, “Our earth is nasty, and we need to take more pride in taking care of it.”
    The questions for the ongoing third event are as follows:
    * What are you doing?
    * Why you are doing it?
    * Who benefits from your efforts?
    * Why do you want others to do what you are doing?
    * Where did you picked up litter (please name the locations)?
    * What are the most common items you find?
    * A thank you letter by those receiving the donation must be provided to the business donating.
    “This opportunity allows us to teach our youth about how to earn their funding and thank those that make this opportunity possible by writing them a thank you letter as part of the requirements,” Chamberlain said.
    Businesses donating to the Cash 4 Trash program include Pro Motion Rehab, Dr. Dan Eichenbaum, Andrews Lions Club, Bear Creek Adventures, Brother’s Restaurant, Caldwell Banker, State Farm-Steven Aft, Interstate Welding & Steel Supply, Curiosity Shop Books & Gifts, Farley Insurance and U.S. Veterans Thrift Store.
    “We think it is important to teach young people to take pride in their community,” Marilyn Veroline of Pro Motion Rehab said of their participation in the program. “We want them to learn the value of earning money by making their community better.”
    Kerry and Greta Collins of U.S. Vets Thrift Store were among those who have written letters to Gov. Roy Cooper on behalf of anti-litter efforts here.
    “As a local business owner, the litter problem in this community effects everyone and not only is an eyesore to beautiful North Carolina, but it’s also a monetary problem along with a health issue problem and a public safety issue,” the letter reads. “It hurts business and effects property values. Not only do we need to treat this as a local community issue, but it needs to be addressed at the state and federal level.”
    Litter bags are available at the Cherokee Scout, Cherokee Guns, Murphy City Hall, Eichenbaum’s office, U.S. Veterans Thrift Store and Cherokee County Veterans Service Office at the courthouse in downtown Murphy.

The Cherokee Scout

Mailing Address:
89 Sycamore St. 

Murphy, NC 28906
Phone: 828-837-5122
Fax: 828-837-5832