Laurel McJannet

Trash Talkin’

Laurel McJannet on September 29th, 2006 3 Comments

DSCN1448In Washington State, organizations can participate in the Adopt-a-Highway program. Verity has been tending to its adopted 2 miles for a number of years.

Today, a group of us dressed in our grubbies, but before heading out we watched a safety video featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy. (The video tape was circa 1991, but still enjoyable.) Our outing was organized by Vivian, one of our relationship managers and Joe, one of our relationship associates. Joe went to the trouble of fashioning pick-up sticks made from a dowel and a nail so we wouldn’t have to bend over so much to pick up trash. We headed out around 10:30 a.m. with our orange reflective vests and yellow hard hats. You may have seen our Verity van parked on the shoulder.


It’s amazing what people will throw out of their cars as they drive along the freeway or toss over the walls that reduce highway noise. This is a short list of what we picked up today/saw: half a mile of shredded documents (we couldn’t pick it all up because it was embedded into the ground) a football a wedding thank you card with a photo of the blushing bride and groom enclosed $10 cash (our CMO found that) an unopened graduation card a Seattle Mariner Game ticket from 2005 an unopened package of ear plugs a program for the Daffodil Festival lots of beer bottles surrounding a spent roman candle

DSCN1457It was a beautiful day to pick up trash—and, we got a pizza for lunch and the rest of the day off. With incentives like that, I’m sure you’ll see more Verity folk along I-5.

Laurel McJannet

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3 Responses

  1. Kayakgirl says:

    No good deed goes unpunished. I drove past the Verity Adopt-A-Highway section a few days after all your hard work and all the trash somehow found its way out of the bags and is back at the site. And what’s up with all the styrafoam? If you have to repair your car on the side of the road, can’t you recycle the packaging at your home?

  2. Laurel McJannet says:

    Ugh. I would prefer that the garbage on the side of the road be “new” garbage instead of what was already picked up! I’m pretty sure that that the DOT picked up our bags as their truck was coming up the freeway just as we were leaving that day.

    Sounds like another clean-up will be needed in the near future, that’s for sure.

  3. Kayakgirl says:

    I’m sure it was new trash. All that hard work undone in such a short time. Looks like and some of the other companies need to get out and do their part. It’s nice to see companies really do get out there instead of just putting up a sign.

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