Litter Found around Heritage South

Last Updated:   11/1/19  10:59         Jeffrey Knauth        jeff@jgkhome.name

These are the litter pick-up routes I take around Heritage South three or more days each week. I have walked over 4200 miles since I started doing this in May 2013 and am now on my sixth 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

Valuable, Useful, or Unusual

Wallet with credit card
Money ($100 bill + $20 bill, $5 bill, coins)
Money (1/2 of a $20 bill -- worth $9.98?)
SECU gift card
Cell phone (modern iPhone)
Lexus key fob
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
School ID x 2 (one local, one from Arizona)
"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
Flags x 5
Purse with deposit slips
Security tag
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].)
Eyeglasses, sunglasses (usually broken)
Cups and Thermos bottles
Small knapsack

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, etc.)
Rolls of tape (painters, duck, electrical, vinyl, etc.)
Power belts x 4 (unused)
Truck tiedown straps x many
Latch pins (large and small) x many
Large RVPD traffic cones x 2

Trash  (often alongside or in Rogers Rd.)

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
Lead balancing weights for tires
Shoes, gloves, and other clothing
Buckets (large and small), paint cans

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, 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
Abandoned/discarded signs, e.g., political or real estate
Heavy wire mesh section (2' x 3') partially shredded by cars
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 (many, including the hard plastic kind)
E-cigarette pieces (vaping trash)
Car parts (hubcaps, tire rims, spark plugs, seat covers, lug nuts, etc.)
Car crash debris x 6
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
ETC. ETC. ETC.

Actions

Reported as appropriate to NC DOT, H2 HOA, Town (Wake Forest or Rolesville), PSNC, N&O, etc.
   Damaged PSNC test station x 2 (once by snow plow, once by DOT mower) -- no gas leaks
   Dead deer by Rogers Rd. x 3
   Potholes on Rogers Rd. x 4
   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
   Light pole globe about to fall off
   Sewer overflow in Clubhouse parking lot
   Vandalism x many, e.g., playgrounds, monuments, traffic signs, pond, piers
   Intentional culvert blockage x 2
   Reports to HOA of things needing maintenance
   Newspaper deliveries to gutters and streets
   Trail fence rails broken x 4
   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

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)

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