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Yard-sale fans rally to recycle political signs

Stored under In the News on November 27, 2006 at 11:33 AM
What I hate most about elections is that they so often seem to go on forever. Oh, the losing politicians fade away quickly enough, and the meaningless slogans are soon forgotten.

But the campaign signs often stay around for months, littering the landscape unnecessarily.

Across the nation more than 20 million campaign signs were put out this election season, according to The New York Times.

A recent Times article said officials in nine states have imposed new restrictions on where campaign signs can be posted and for how long.

Delaware, for example, has begun charging campaigns $25 for each sign still on public property 30 days after the election.

Virginia is allowing deputized volunteers to remove signs from public property.

In Columbus, Ohio, the traffic administrator mailed letters to all candidates pleading with them to take down their signs within two weeks.

Even businesses have gotten into the act to remove the eyesores.

In some areas, Chick-fil-A offered a free chicken sandwich to any customer who turned in a political yard sign the day after the election.

Officials with the chain said the idea was not picked up by any of its Florida restaurants.

However, in one North Carolina restaurant 3,500 campaign signs were turned in.

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Brilliant Idea!

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