“There is no planet B”
Across the nation, litter and illegal dumping are harmful to property values and economic growth. High volumes of litter discourage business investment as it is seen as a proxy to the existence of crime and threats to public safety. High volumes of litter detract from residential areas and community pride.
According to Keep America Beautiful, “Litter is more than just a mark on our landscape. Litter is costly to clean up, impacts our quality of life and economic development, and eventually ends up in our waterways and oceans. Today, there are more than 50 billion pieces of litter on our nation’s roadways with 4.6 billion pieces larger than four inches in size. Tobacco products continue to be the most prevalent aggregate litter item, comprising more than 35 percent of all litter.”
With over 325 property owners representing more than 900 parcels in our region, we see litter and illegal dumping as high priority issues that must be resolved in order to cultivate an environment conducive for continued economic growth for the cities within the district as well as for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The AACIDs Beautification Program includes maintaining more than 25 miles of right-of-way with routine services that include: mowing, edging, trimming and debris/trash removal. Having a clean environment is a valuable asset to private and public property owners. In addition, such efforts support our objective to grow together and raise the collective value of the community’s commercial properties while making the AACIDs a destination for new businesses, residents, and visitors.
In May of 2021, we completed our AACIDs Litter Management Assessment Strategy with the goal of understanding the litter policies and programs across the region, assessing local and regional goals and prioritizing regional interventions that reduce and prevent the flow of litter across the AACIDs. Click the image above to learn more.
We remove debris and collect several thousand pounds of trash each week throughout our 15.47 square mile districts.
Since 2014, we have invested a little over 2.4 million in improving the landscape and eclectic appearance of South Metro.
We make an annual financial investment to keep the area elegant and vibrant for our property owners and residents in the community.
It is important that we do our part to maintain the integrity of communities by keeping them clean, safe, vibrant and attractive. Eliminating excessive waste appropriately and permanently is the ideal goal. “Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.”