Deck the Halls, Not the Creeks!
We have all seen the plastic shopping bags hanging from tree branches as if they were ornaments hanging from a Christmas tree. Holiday shopping, gift-giving and family celebrations can generate litter and unnecessary waste. Wind and runoff quickly move trash through our community and into our storm drain systems and creeks.
Here are some simple things we can do to prevent holiday pollution:
- Bag your trash, tie it off and close your dumpster lid.
- Pay extra attention to your trashcans during the holidays. Don't allow trash to spill out and litter your neighborhood and your local environment.
- Pick up any stray garbage lying around.
- Reduce the number of bags thrown out by bringing reusable cloth bags for holiday gift shopping. Tell store clerks you don't need a bag for a small or over-sized purchase. Some stores may give discounts for bringing in your own bags!
- Wrap gifts in recycled paper or funny pages and reuse gift bags from year to year.
- Get creative and try Furoshiki wrapping with tons of different styles of wrapping!
- Recycle leftover wrapping paper and gift boxes at your local drop-off site
By recycling litter and disposing of trash properly, you can help keep our waterways and community clean.
Don't forget, let's Deck the Halls, Not the Creeks!