There are many ways that you can help make your community litter-free. Here are 10 suggestions, courtesy of Keep America Beautiful
- Set an example by not littering. Carry a litter bag in your car or put litter in your pocket until you find a container.
- Pick up one piece of litter every day.
- Teach your kids the proper way to dispose of trash. Show them the difference between a clean area and an area spoiled by litter, and stress why it’s important to put trash in proper containers.
- Make sure that your trash cans have lids that can be securely attached. If you have curbside trash service, don’t put out open containers or boxes filled with trash.
- Ask your neighbors to join you in cleaning up a public area where litter has accumulated. Ask your local government to become involved by collecting the bags of litter, or by waiving the disposal fee at the landfill or solid waste facility.
- Tie papers in a bundle before placing them in a curbside recycling bin. Loose papers and other recyclables can be blown around by the wind. (Check local requirements and share information with neighbors.)
- If you or a member of your family is involved in a civic group, scouting, or recreational sports program, encourage the group to become involved in a cleanup. In some communities, groups can earn cash by separating recyclable products from litter and redeeming them. Have the group “adopt” an area and maintain it on a regular basis.
- Find out how you can plant and maintain flowers along a curb or sidewalk. People litter less in areas that have been beautified.
- Ask business owners to check their dumpsters every day to make sure tops and side doors are closed. If the business has a loading dock, ask them to keep it clean, and to put out a receptacle for employees to use.
- If you own a construction or hauling business, make sure your trucks are covered when transporting material to and from sites. Use fencing around construction or demolition sites to prevent debris from being blown into other areas.
The most successful way to prevent littering in your community is to have an ongoing, organized program that involves residents, local government, businesses, civic groups, and schools.