April 21, 2014
If you’re driving on VA Route 50, you may notice that there’s less trash on the side of the road. Particularly, between Fort Myer Pershing Gate and the Foreign Service Institute. This is because DLS adopted that 2.1 mile stretch of road, and we held our first Adopt a Highway clean-up day on April 20th.
Clad in “OSHA Orange” T-shirts, road-crew vests, gloves, and stout shoes, eight brave souls met at DLS – Arlington. Fortified with doughnuts, they headed off into the wilds of Route 50. They were ready to do their worst against those who would despoil our highways and by-ways.
An hour and a half later, we had 13 large, orange PVC bags of Virginia’s (and possibly Maryland’s) finest trash. Liquor bottles, fast food boxes, Red Bull cans, car parts, cigarette packets, assorted papers, and all the discarded paraphernalia of modern life – sitting neatly at the side of the road, waiting for the glorious Virginia Department of Transportation to whisk them away to a suitable place of disposal.
This day gentled our condition, and folk in Arlington now-a-bed should think themselves accurs’d they were not here, and hold their person cheap whiles any speaks that picked with us upon DLS Adopt a Road day.
May 31, 2014
DLS’s stalwart Adopt-a-Road Route 50 Cleaners, resplendent in OSHA Green t-shirts and red gloves, were out again on May 31st. Simona Westlund, Doug Craig and a student from the AFPAK program (Jason, thank you) met at the office at 0845, and were out picking up the wine bottles, car parts, fast food wrappers and clothing left at the side of Route 50, between Fort Myer and FSI, by travelers too busy to “take it home”. By 11:00 we had filled 7 large orange bags and left them for disposal by VDOT.
Our next Adopt-a-Road days are:
July 26th – 0900 – 1100
August 23rd – 0900 – 1100
October 25th 1000 – 1200
If you would like to join the team please talk to 6th Floor reception.