Taking the Litter Free Pledge is your first step toward protecting the beauty of our community. But you can do more to reduce the impact of disposables and single-use packaging and to keep litter out of our environment. Check out these ideas on how to reduce waste, eliminate litter and keep our communities beautiful!
CONTAIN YOUR BUTTS
Cigarette butts by the thousands line the sides of our roads, rivers and beaches. Rather than throwing a cigarette out the window, carry something with you that serves as a portable ashtray.
BRING YOUR OWN BAG
Follow the carry-in/carry-out rule. Bring your own trash bag on treks through nature or to the beach and take it with you when you leave.
TOSS IT IN
Never pass up the chance to make proper use of an available trash can. If there's no trash can nearby, be patient and hang on to it until you get home.
PICK UP AFTER PETS
Yes, your pet's waste is litter and carries bacteria that's harmful to humans. And leaving it behind in a bag doesn't help. Dispose of your pet waste with your regular trash.
SET AN EXAMPLE
Everybody's tempted to litter sometimes, but when you make a public effort to resist littering, you're reminding everyone around you to make better choices.
CALL IT OUT
If you see your friends or family littering, call them out on it. Remind them that they can make a difference and encourage them to keep their surroundings beautiful.
SKIP THE STRAW
The growing volume of plastic waste in our environment is having serious consequences on wildlife and habitats. Plastic straws are some of the biggest offenders.
Learn more and find alternatives.