Rehoboth Business Association Partner with Rehoboth Teen On Litter Prevention Initiative
With a long history of hosting annual roadside clean-up efforts, the Rehoboth Business Association (RBA) was quick to support local teen environmentalist Abby Abrahamson with a litter prevention initiative to address the town’s roadway trash problem.
Realizing the impact of escalating roadside litter, Abby first approached Rehoboth selectmen last year with an idea for a sustainable litter prevention program. After presenting a detailed plan, she was granted permission by town officials to initiate the Rehoboth Litter Prevention Initiative (RLPI) to provide preventative, sustainable solutions and educate residents.
The first step was purchasing three litter collection barrels to install along the designated 3.5-mile walking route in South Rehoboth. The RBA offered to help her with funding to purchase sturdy, 55-gallon covered trash barrels. She also received funding from Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program for the litter initiative in a rural area where wildlife is threatened by littering.
Abby then approached Rehoboth artist Melissa Treichler to paint an illustration that could be used to identify the barrels. “Rehoboth Vibe” is the title of the painting used to create colorful, weather-proof 12 x 18 signs for the dark-green barrels recently placed in the following locations: intersection of Brook, Peckham, and Water Street; at the triangle near the intersection of Providence Street and Mason Street; and at the Miller Bird Sanctuary.
The Rehoboth Highway Department will provide care and maintenance of the litter collection barrels. “I would like to acknowledge Rehoboth Highway Superintendent Mike Costello for his invaluable guidance and support. He played a key role in helping to get this initiative up off the ground and start successfully,” said Abby.
“This project would not be possible without funding from the Rehoboth Business Association, RehobothNow.com, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Program. I am extremely grateful for the support provided by these organizations,” expressed Abby, who was recently appointed Litter Prevention Coordinator for the Town of Rehoboth.
She is also leading the Keep Rehoboth Beautiful campaign scheduled for next spring as part of the town’s 375th Anniversary Celebration. Abby will again work with the RBA on town-wide roadside clean-up events in April to help rid roadways of the winter accumulation of litter.
For updates on the Rehoboth Litter Prevention Initiation, visit the RLPI Facebook page. News on the Keep Rehoboth Beautiful will be available on the Rehoboth375.com website.