These are the litter pick-up routes I take around Heritage South three or more days each week. I have walked over 7000 miles since I started doing this in May 2013; mile 7000 was reached on 11/9/23. I am now on my tenth pair of work boots and my second staff.
Here are pictures of SOME of the litter picked up in the roads and gutters and along the greenway/creeks and around the ponds over the years. Listed below are some of the more interesting items I have found.
If I find something which looks valuable and doesn't have any owner identification on it, I put a post on Nextdoor Lost & Found. I also notify the HOA Community Manager if Nextdoor doesn't result in an answer. So far I have been able to find the owners for most of those items. If no one makes a claim and the item seems particularly valuable, I take it to either the Wake Forest or Rolesville police, depending on where I found it.
For a clothing item (except all those things found on or along Rogers Rd.), I try to hang it on a bush, mailbox, etc., near where I found it on the ground. Each spring I donate the current collection of balls, darts, and hockey pucks to the Wake Forest Boys and Girls Club.
Several times a year I take some of the found things to the Deponie Drive recycling center, e.g., hazardous waste such as oil and brake fluid containers (often still having contents), electronic parts such as broken cell phone circuit boards, metal scrap, etc.
Most of the nails and other metal items were found along interior Heritage streets, often near lots that were being developed, or more frequently nowadays along or in Rogers Road. Fishing gear was found around the ponds. Balls, foam darts, etc. were usually in gutters, although many had washed down into the greenway. I average collecting one or two bags of trash plus a bag of recyclable items each day. Most of the recyclable items (many beverage cans and bottles) come from the south side of Rogers Road (the part of that road I usually cover, although occasionally I do the north side, too); some come from the more heavily traveled interior Heritage streets.
In my early years here I saw newspapers were often not delivered properly. I found them (sometimes waterlogged and/or pulverized) in streets, gutters, drain grates, and catch basins. This is now much less of a problem, maybe because there are fewer delivered newspapers nowadays.
Below are some things I have found so far
Wallet with credit card Wallet with credit cards and money Purse with deposit slips Purse with Visa card Large blue bag/purse with name info, but no address (theft throwaway?) Large brown bag and small blue bag (theft throwaway?) Small blue purse, well rotted, no valuables inside (theft throwaway?) Money ($100 bill + $20 bill, $5 bill, coins) Money (1/2 of a $20 bill -- worth $9.98?) (x 2, but different serial numbers and locations) Coastal Credit Union Go Green debit card CapitalOne Visa card (Venture) Neighbor's Visa card $25 Visa "Vanilla" gift card -- no ID SECU gift card Cell phone (modern iPhone) Cell phone Lexus key fob Audi key fob Unknown-type key fob (smashed by Rogers Road traffic) Flash drive PBA card Humana card GEHA (United Healthcare) health insurance ID card PDQ card Town of Rolesville fleet credit card of "PW equipment" Employee badge -- Ale House Employee badge -- Duke Power Employee badge -- Heritage Golf Club Employee badge -- Publix School ID x 2 (one local, one from Arizona) A kid's school ID tag (bus tag?) Rolesville High School car tag Rolesville High School off campus lunch pass "The Joint chiropractic" key tag Name tags School bags x 2 Dog tags (rabies and ID) x 3 Dog tag (ID) x 1 Scattered mail discarded from Heritage South homeowner's mailbox by a thief Four unopened Social Security envelopes by Rogers Rd. Flags x 5 Security tag Table number tags x 3 Arizona driver license card (expired) NC car registration card (expired) Kid's jacket by Rogers Rd. (I hung it on a TWC pedestal for a month, but no one took it. I then put it in a Simple Recycling orange bag [Wake Forest clothing donation program].) Kid's jacket by Rogers Road. It looked very new. (I hung it on a bush. No one retrieved it after over a week, so I took it to the Rolesville Police Department for them to hold for a while, then donate if not claimed.) Blue jacket by Rogers Road -- had name Ray at 6 & Heating and Cooling. I hung it on utility line warning post and messaged the company. Eyeglasses, sunglasses (usually broken) Cups and Thermos bottles Small knapsack Key with blue tag: S. Nelson Display unit for bicycle wireless odometer/speedometer Large combination lock, looks like a door lock used by a realtor Bose speaker Blue "Best Buy" notebook (8.5" x 5.5"), no ID, plumbing contractor's notes? Large magnetic sign (24" x 12") for drywall installation company Balls (tennis, base, soft, foot, volley, ping pong, basket, golf, lacrosse, wiffle, etc.) Soft darts, discs, and hockey pucks Fishing gear (hooks, bobbers, lures, lead sinkers, spools of line, nets, etc.) Tools (pliers, wrenches, scissors, screwdrivers, putty knives, wrecking bar, punches, files, inserts for socket wrenches, 13" circular saw blade, pocketknife, box cutters, etc.) Rolls of tape (painters, duck, electrical, vinyl, etc.) Power belts x 4 (unused) -- I took them to the Wake Forest Public Utilities facility Truck tiedown straps, usually with metal hooks x *MANY* Latch pins (large and small) x many Lever load binder (metal lever with two hooked chains attached) -- weighs over 5 pounds Large RVPD traffic cones x 2 found in the bushes by the Heritage Clubhouse parking lot The Rolesville police retrieved them after I called Twelve large traffic cones and a shopping cart found in the Rolesville greenway Four traffic cones found around Heritage South streets and parking lots Oil dip stick Rake and parts of its broken handle, probably broken by Rogers Rd. car(s) Yamaha motorcycle owner's manual in a plastic bag together with a key Large cushion, ripped with stuffing coming out Large pad with many completed drawings
Paper, plastic, fast food containers/wrappers, cans, bottles, bags, clothespins, cardboard, pasteboard, weed wacker wire, etc. Nails, screws, washers, bolts, nuts, heavy wire, edger blades, misc. metal scrap Dozens of roofing nails (inch long with blue plastic collar) -- top of Evening Snow St. catch basin Lead balancing weights for tires Shoes, gloves, and other clothing Buckets (large and small), paint cans Metal sink in greenway woods Broken fluorescent light tubes These are hazardous waste items and should not have been put in trash bins to begin with. See the Town of Wake Forest's Waste Wizard. (click on the "Wizard" icon in the bottom section and enter "fluorescent bulb" in the search field.) Some tubes fall out of the bins, break (or were broken to begin with), and become many small glass slivers plus mercury from the tube. Whole or broken printed circuit boards, e.g., from broken cell phones Batteries -- from small to very large, both dry cells and lithium rechargeables Coax cables and connectors (cable TV) Towels, washcloths, shower caps, paint rags Fireworks debris, sometimes unexploded Fliers (ads) not put in cubbyholes, e.g., just "distributed" on the ground Balloon pieces and whole balloons (inflated and deflated) Broken toys x many Abandoned/discarded signs, e.g., political or real estate Heavy wire mesh section (2' x 3') partially shredded by cars into 1" shrapnel Large metal framework of some sort, run over by cars Three bent metal flashing strips: 29 by 4 inches, run over by cars Many metal bristles for street cleaner brushes Large headphones smashed to pieces by cars Plastic pipes: one about 10 feet long, one smashed to pieces by cars Cornice boards: two about 10 feet long Fireplace igniters Cigarette butts x many I stopped picking up the Rogers Road non-plastic ones long ago I do pick up all cigarette butts of any type inside Heritage South and on the greenway E-cigarette pieces (vaping trash) Car parts (hubcaps, tire rims, spark plugs, seat covers, lug nuts, plastic and metal trim, etc.) Car crash debris x 12 For one wreck I asked the Town of Rolesville to pick up some huge pieces that ended up back in the Rolesville greenway, but they are still there and very visible in the fall and winter. Another wreck left hundreds of large and small plastic pieces in the rightmost lane of Rogers Road near the Provision Place intersection (beside The Courtyards at Heritage Grove). I didn't see any blood or dead deer, the most frequent cause of the crashes I have picked up after. Insulated wire scraps Elastic hair bands Ear plugs Mop handles Tennis racket cover Broken helmets Kitchen utensiles, e.g., forks, pots Containers of hazardous waste 44 metal canisters for N2O Glucose monitoring system (FreeStyle Libre 14-Day) -- broken screen Hypodermic syringes Diapers (loaded) x many Dog waste bags (both loaded and empty) x many Wads of gum Garbage bags (full of garbage) Unbagged garbage strewn along both sides of Rogers Road (filled four bags) Plastic drink bottles used as chewing tobacco spittoons (filled) x many Razor blades Landscaper trash thrown down the Evening Snow hillside in one long pile: 19 plastic bottles (many filled with urine), 1 glass bottle, 2 cans, 5 engine oil containers (more or less empty), a pretty full reel of weedwacker wire, and some paper trash 600+ Q-tips thrown around and ground into Marshall Farm traffic circle pavement ETC. ETC. ETC.
Reported as appropriate to NC DOT, Heritage South HOA, Town (Wake Forest or Rolesville), Dominion Energy (PSNC), Ting Internet, Wake Electric, N&O, etc. -- sometimes via SeeClickFix. Most problems were fixed promptly by the responsible parties. Damaged PSNC test station x 2 (once by snow plow, once by DOT mower) -- no gas leaks Dead deer by Rogers Rd. x 12 Potholes on Rogers Rd. x 9 Rogers Rd. sidewalk repair needed -- slab end uplifted by 2" Deep, wide gullies along south side of Rogers Rd. Tires x 8 (three by Rogers Rd., two in creek, one behind townhouse bushes, two by trail) Downed street signs at Fawn Lily (east)/Albino Deer/Shasta Daisy x 2 Missing street sign at Fawn Lily (west)/Shasta Daisy Missing street sign at Fawn Lily (east)/Shasta Daisy Speed limit sign broken, by Rogers Rd. (x 2) Light pole globe about to fall off Sewer overflow in Clubhouse parking lot x 2 Vandalism x many: Playgrounds, monuments, traffic signs, pond, piers, greenway trail, fences Intentional culvert blockage x 2 Reports to HOA of things needing maintenance Newspaper deliveries to gutters and streets Trail fence rails broken x 5 Trail signage and boardwalk problems Large construction sign for trail extension, not removed by contractor Large lane closure sign/stand forgotten by construction crew on Rogers Rd. License plate found by Rogers Rd. Downed and bent "Adopt a Highway" sign, broken dolly, broken chair by Rogers Rd. Flood-scoured areas by culverts and bench floated away by high water Large plastic pallet by trail Carcass of vehicle in creek (kid's electric four-wheeler?) Large metal "Sidewalk Closed" sign found buried in the greenway woods I took it to the Wake Forest Public Utilities facility Open Ting handholes and cabinets Knocked over CenturyLink pedestal Traffic light problems x 1 Returned to Walgreens manager with complaint: Walgreen cartons x 2 -- several very large cardboard cartons each time (they apparently fell off Walgreen's hired trash truck)