How do I take the Litter Free Pledge?
Taking the Pledge is easy, painless and takes fewer than 30 seconds. All you have to do is click here, enter whatever information you feel comfortable with and click the red button that says “Take The Pledge!”
After that, your screen will change a little bit and you’ll be able to see how many other people have joined you in promising to keep our community free from litter and trash.
You’ll also see a few buttons that will help you share this information on Facebook and Twitter. Click the appropriate icon and you can announce to your friends, family and entire social media circle that you are proud to live a life free from litter!
I took the Litter Free Pledge. Now what?
Make sure that you don’t drop any trash. After all, if every R.I. resident accidentally dropped just one straw over the course of a year, that would mean that a million straws’ worth of plastic had been added to our environment.
Work like this is often easier with a buddy. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell your employer or any organizations you’re affiliated with. Share on Facebook or Twitter and inspire your social circle to join the Litter Free campaign—work together to be Litter Free!
If you’re feeling extra motivated, check out our Join A Cleanup page to explore volunteer opportunities near you!
If you represent an organization interested in partnering with the Litter Free Campaign, visit our Partnerships page. If your organization is interested in sponsoring the Litter Free Pledge campaign, contact July Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How did the Litter Free Pledge get started?
What’s wrong with litter?
Litter is ugly and expensive.
No one wants to see streets, parks and beaches covered in garbage! Litter clean up costs U.S. businesses $9.1 billion a year, and costs the U.S. government more than $11.5 billion. Learn more.
Litter is dangerous for people and wildlife.
Broken bottles cut, cigarette butts start fires, and food trash attracts rats. Litter can kill wildlife like turtles, whales and birds when they accidentally swallow plastic or get tangled up in fishing line.
What’s all this I’ve been hearing about problems with plastics?
Plastic doesn’t go away.
Because of littering and dumping, millions of pounds of plastics are washed into the ocean every year. Unlike natural materials, plastics don’t biodegrade. When they break apart, they just break into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic. These plastics can end up concentrated in areas of the ocean like the “great Pacific Garbage Patch”. The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Learn more.