Local officials, fed up with the ongoing littering problem, have announced an innovative new program to curb the unsightly issue. Dubbed "Adopt-a-Litterer," the initiative encourages residents to take personal responsibility for known litterbugs in their communities.
Woodbridge District Supervisor Margaret Franklin unveiled the program at a press conference last week. "We've tried everything from fines to public shaming, but nothing seems to work. That's why we're turning to the citizens of Prince William County for help. It's time to fight litter with love."
Under the Adopt-a-Litterer program, concerned residents can sign up to sponsor a known litterer, providing them with care packages containing garbage bags, recycling bins, and motivational pamphlets titled, "You Can Be Trash-Free Too!" Sponsors are also required to attend monthly support meetings with their assigned litterer, where they can share emotional stories, give pep talks, and engage in team-building exercises such as "Trust Falls for a Cleaner Tomorrow."
"This program is all about compassion," said Franklin. "We're not just cleaning up our streets; we're changing hearts and minds. We're convinced that, together, we can transform even the most determined litterbug into a responsible citizen."
Early reports indicate that the initiative is already making an impact. Mary Fisher, who adopted a litterer two weeks ago, gushed about the experience. "When I first met Doug, he would toss his fast-food wrappers right out of the car window. But now, after our tearful heart-to-heart, he's using a trash bag in his car. I'm so proud of him!"
Critics, however, argue that the program is a band-aid solution to a deeper problem, and some are concerned about potential boundary violations. "I appreciate the sentiment, but I don't need someone watching over me like a hawk every time I grab a candy bar," complained one anonymous litterer. "And who knew those Adopt-a-Litterer meetings would be so intense? I was just here for the free donuts."
Despite the mixed reactions, county officials remain optimistic. "It's like they always say," said Franklin, "it takes a village to raise a litter-free child. Or, you know, something like that."