|Martin woman tackles issue of roadside litter |
|Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 11:19 am |
| A LITTER ARMY OF ONE – Nola Winstead of Martin tackled a local litter issue during the Great American Clean Up last month. She single-handedly collected 16 bags of trash in six days. |
Several weeks ago, I went out for my walk and saw a lady with two county inmates picking up litter along the road. She was working the Weakley County Highway Department’s Litter Grant program, sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
I talked to her and told her I did a lot of walking and that I picked up aluminum cans and had been doing it a long time. She asked if I would be interested in volunteering to do a Great America Clean-Up Program and take a section of road to pick up the litter.
I agreed to pick up everything for a mile by my house. It’s a good cause, I wanted to take a part in it. I don’t like to see so much litter on our roads. These people do a good job, and I found out it’s a lot of work.
I worked 11 hours and got 16 bags of garbage. It looked so good afterward. When she came to get the bags, she saw all my cans I had collected for the past seven months, and I told her some of my story.
I’ve kept a record of how many miles I’ve walked and how many pounds of cans I’ve picked up since I retired in 1998. I started walking in the 70s, but only a couple of miles a day and didn’t pick up cans or record it.
When I retired, I increased my walks and started picking up cans and kept records from April 1, 1998 to April 24 of this year.
I guess I’m addicted to it. I love to walk and it helps you physically and mentally. I started out doing six miles a day every day but Sundays. Of course, it depended on the weather and other hindrances.
After several years, my husband thought I walked too much, so I cut it down to five miles a day. My doctor told me at my last check-up that he wished all his patients would do what I do.
Where I live, there are four different directions I can go, and I alternate them. I measured the distances I walk and I know how long it takes me to do a mile.
I sell my cans about every six or seven months. Usually, I have from 240 to 300 pounds.
I’ve walked 17,835 miles, collected 4,975 pounds of cans and earned $1,958.