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Posted on: December 22, 2022

Tips for Litter Prevention

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Littering can cause a variety of issues beginning with the environmental impact leading towards the disruption of a community’s good health and quality of lifestyle.  It is important to keep your local community healthy and looking its best for today and future generations. 

Public health issues develop as litter accumulates and develops a breeding ground for bacteria, while also attracting vermin.

Make sure your trash is secure. 

Newspapers, cans and other light-weight waste materials can be easily picked up by the wind and scattered far away from the correct waste and recycling receptacles. As you visit public places in Upper Providence Township or participate in local events, make sure that the garbage you are disposing of is securely placed and will not be spread to other places. 

Participate in a community clean-up day. 

As a rewarding and often enjoyable experience, the proper disposing of unwanted garbage around the city will help bring community members together to make the area a better place to live and visit. Consider participating in various community events that promote a healthier environment. Streams Cleanup Link

Educate others. 

Education is a vital tool to help reduce littering.  Encourage others to refrain from overfilling garbage bins.  Wind can easily blow an overfilled bin’s lid open and disperse the trash throughout the neighborhood. Educate children on proper disposal of trash and the detrimental effects caused by littering.  Education is key in preventing these carless habits. 

Keep a litter bag in your vehicle. 

Trash can easily be taken by the wind and blow out of a window or a car door when opened.  It is beneficial to keep a bag in your vehicle and throw your trash in the bag to dispose of properly later.  Not only will this action keep the streets clean, it will keep your car clean and organized as well.  Often a nuisance for both drivers and local communities, roadside littering is illegal and can be easily solved by individuals keeping a bag inside of their vehicle for trash purposes. 

Make good use of recycle bins. 

Recycling materials instead of littering can save natural resources, landfill space, energy, and clean air and water. This will benefit both your local community and the overall environment

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