Litter Control

Litter is Preventable
Preventing litter starts with us. We've all had those thoughts, "I don't have time to find a trash can right now", "It's just a small wrapper" and maybe even "Someone else will take care of it", but stopping litter for good begins with each and every one of us making a conscious effort every day to put litter in it's place: the trash can.

Effect on the Environment
Litter is more than just ugly, it's actually harmful to the environment as well. From endangering wildlife to contaminating local water sources, litter's effect on the environment is extreme. For example, litter and debris that ends up in our storm drains and waterways can actually flow directly into public bodies of water. Our water can get more and more polluted with each piece of litter that is tossed onto the roadways. The best way to get litter out of the environment? It starts with us.

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Litter
  1. Set an example by not littering. Carry a litter bag in your car or put litter in your pocket until you find a recycling container or trash can.
  2. Teach others the proper way to dispose of their trash.
  3. Make sure that your trash bins are securely closed.
  4. Ask your neighbors to join you in cleaning up one public area or your local neighborhood on a regular basis.
  5. Be sure to tie papers in a bundle before placing them on the street for pick-up.
  6. Member of a community group such as a church, basketball team, book club, etc? Get everyone involved and create a new activity too by participating in Adopt-A-Street or Community Clean-Up Day.
  7. Find out how you can plant and maintain flowers or trees along a curb or sidewalk. People litter less in areas that have been beautified.
  8. Businesses can also help stop the spread of litter by checking their dumpsters throughout the day to make sure that the lids and doors are secure and closed.
  9. Lastly, remember that illegal dumping is a crime.
Next Steps
If you would like to take the next step in preventing litter in our area, consider signing up for the City's Community Clean-Up Day or Adopt-A-Street programs.