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Ask The Times: What's being done about litter in Hall County?
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

I have noticed a great deal of trash on the road sides of major highways. Does Hall County have work details from the jail? Does Hall County have any community clubs that promote beautifying the road sides?

Keep Hall Beautiful has monthly clean-ups and provides supplies for groups who want to clean up trash in the county, Executive Director Kelly Norman said.

Norman added that the city of Gainesville is in the pilot phase of an “Adopt A Road” program where organizations can get their name on a sign and be responsible for trash pick-up on a certain road.

Hall County probationers pick up trash every Saturday and Sunday.

The Hall County Correctional Institution has three details of four inmates who go out five days a week picking up trash on county and city roads, as well as having another detail that picks up garbage in areas where it has been dumped.

Even with all these efforts to keep roads clean, Norman acknowledged “there’s just too much litter for any one organization to keep up after.”

“The only solution is for community knowledge and understanding,” Norman said. “We have to properly dispose of our waste to prevent the litter from degrading our streets and making our water toxic.”

Norman added that “anyone wanting to be a part of the solution, we are willing to facilitate their desires.”

Anyone who wants help from Keep Hall Beautiful can reach the group at 770-531-1102 or

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