There is nothing worse than seeing garbage blowing down
the street of your neighborhood, or finding broken shards of
glass at the local swimming hole where children play.
Wildlife is just as vulnerable to garbage and many have lost
their lives after becoming tangled in waste or mistaking
garbage for food. It is up to each of us to make an effort to
minimize this unsightly, and sometimes hazardous,
Animals, wind and traffic breezes put legs to loose garbage
and are able to distribute it great distances from the original
source. The first thing that we can do to prevent this is to
ensure trashcan and dumpster lids are secure. Metal and
plastic trashcans are more preventative than bags - leaving
a bag out over night or even for several hours, is an enticing
invitation for stray animals to wreak havoc. When taking a
load to the dump, be sure that it is securely covered by
tightly tying a tarp over the load with some rope or bungee
Carry plastic shopping bags on your walks to clean up litter
that you find along the way. Often, people are rewarded for
their efforts by the deposits returned from bottles and cans.
Those who have noticed your efforts will begin taking up the
same habit once they realize the impact it has.
Report any dumping you witness, whether it was done
illegally or accidentally - just get the license number and
leave the rest to the officials. Also, report any site where
garbage has been left by others. These problems can be
reported to the local city, highway, public works or
conservation office. Ask them to arrange for it to be cleaned
By doing these relatively small actions, we prevent
contamination and injuries to people or wildlife in the area.
When separating recyclable items, we keep a valuable
resource out of the landfill. In addition, we maintain a
pristine environment for citizens, tourists and wildlife to
enjoy. We can all take pride knowing that by keeping
garbage in its place, we are making the world just a little
better for everyone.
Written by Dave and Lillian Brummet based on the
concept of their book, Trash Talk. The book offers useful
solutions for the individual to reduce waste and better
manage resources. A guide for anyone concerned about his
or her impact on the environment.