Citizens urged to 'Pick One' by David Lias Vermillion Beautiful, Inc. has initiated a new cleanup effort in the community called "Pick One."
"Vermillion Beautiful is initiating a campaign to encourage all citizens to 'pick one' piece of trash or weed as they walk," said Judy Clark, Vermillion Beautiful president, at Monday's Vermillion City Council meeting.
Vermillion Beautiful, with the help from private donations and the city, planted flowers on Cherry and Main streets last spring.
The addition of the flowers did much to enhance the appearance of the city's business sector.
"But as more people are on the streets when students return to school," Clark said, "there will be more trash.
"There is a well known 'broken window' syndrome," she added, "which indicates that when a community appears not to care (by tolerating broken windows, trash and graffiti) then those visiting or using the community don't care, either."
Clark said that, according to psychologists, it's the first piece of trash that's hard to discard on a pristine street.
"After that, it's easy to litter," she said. "But a clean street stays clean."
Clark requested the city place additional trash receptacles along Cherry Street and in the downtown area for easier litter disposal.