The goats came, they saw, they chomped. And after a full day of nibbling away at the weeds on the lot at 695 Chesley Avenue last Thursday, they left with full bellies and lots of praise from city officials. Mayor Butt, former Mayor McLaughlin, local artist Daud Abdullah, Captain Gagan from RichmondPD, District Coordinator Robert Rogers, students from Verde Elementary, and children from the Shield-Reid Community Center were just a few of the folks that made it out to see the goats and help us spread the word about the need to stop illegal dumping in North Richmond.
Check out a Youtube video of the goats here!
The thinking was: trash concentrates in lots that look abandoned, i.e. overgrown lots. Eliminate the weeds, mulch the area, and you get dramatic reductions in illegal dumping. Every month, Richmond Code Enforcement officers collect 12.09 tons of waste on average from North Richmond. To help put an end to this, North Richmond residents came out to the community clean-up on October 31st to help clean the lot in anticipation of the goats' arrival. 269 North Richmond residents helped us dispose of 52.62 tons of trash. Great job Richmond! You all were amazing.
We received great coverage of the event and now we need your help putting these articles out into the Richmond Community through social media! An end to illegal dumping in Richmond depends on you.This event was just the beginning! Help us spread the word and tell your neighbors to stop illegal dumping in Richmond.