We all know that litter is unsightly but did you know it can pose a health hazard, too? Litter becomes home for disease-spreading insects like flies and mosquitoes. Broken glass, plastic, and aluminum cans injure or kill our wildlife. Where litter has accumulated, it invites people to add more. The presence of litter has an impact on our quality of life and it decreases property values. Here are some simple steps you can take to be part of the pollution solution:
- Don't throw fast food wrappers, drink cans, etc. on the ground or out of your car window. If a friend litters in your presence, remind them that it is your tax dollars that are wasted on the never-ending process of litter clean up.
- Encourage your civic club, church group, or other community-minded organization to participate in Operation Clean Streets and Adopt a Street programs.
- Talk to your children about littering. The 13-24 age group is the most likely to litter.
- Use household garbage bags or plastic grocery bags to bag the loose trash that goes in your trash cart. This is especially important in our "windy" state!
Your commitment to eliminating litter makes a difference in your community!
Compost is nothing more than rotted, decomposed organic materials - grass, leaves, garden, or food waste. It forms a dark, crumbly material chocked full of nutrients for your plants and lawn. It can help lighten heavy clay soils, improve drainage, and make it easier for roots to grow. It also helps sandy soils hold water and nutrients. It’s a great home project, taking little room and effort.