Litter gets blown around by wind and traffic or until it gets carried by water. It moves until it’s trapped by a curb, building or a fence. Once litter has accumulated, it invites people to add more litter to it!
Why do people litter?
- They feel no sense of ownership – even though parks and forests are public property.
- They believe someone else will pick up after them.
- Because the area is already littered.
What is the source of litter?
- Household trash placed at the curb for collection
- Dumpsters used by businesses
- Loading docks
- Construction and demolition sites
- Trucks with uncovered loads
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
- Set an example by not littering yourself!
- Teach others why it’s important not to litter
- Remember that public areas are yours to enjoy and care for.
- Hike only where there are trails
- Have your school class make a list of different public areas and what they are used for. Visit them to see how they serve the community’s needs.
- Invite someone from a local park or nature center to visit your class and speak about the importance of caring for public areas and using them wisely.
- Organize a group project to repair playground equipment, build benches or improve a neglected area.
RECYCLE USE LESS STUFF BUY RECYCLED
- Make each day a litter-free event!
- Carry a litterbag in your car.
- Make sure trash cans have lids that can be securely fastened.
- Don’t put loose trash in boxes.
- Cover open loads on all trucks.
- Make litterbags for your bicycle too and give them to your friends.
- Volunteer to help organize a cleanup.
- Report to local authorities any areas where people have illegally dumped garbage and debris.
- Check dumpsters every day to see that top and side doors are closed.
You can help Keep Orange County Beautiful!