Litter can be generated from trash, debris, or materials falling off of trucks. The "Tarp It!" component of the Think Before You Throw campaign reminds truck drivers that state law requires them to place a cover over, or otherwise secure, the beds of their trucks when they haul loads of trash, debris, or materials that can be blown out of the truck bed.
Paper or Plastic - I'll Take Neither
500 Years. That's how long it takes a plastic bag to decompose in landfills, harming the environment and human health in the process. Plastic bags are a common item littering city streets, parks and waterways. Not only do plastic bags take away from the City's natural beauty, they also clog our area's sewer systems and pollute our lakes, rivers, and streams. They are also harmful to the wildlife that swallow or become entangled in them.
The Paper or Plastic – I'll Take Neither component of the Think Before You Throw campaign encourages City residents to use reusable bags when they shop instead of having purchases bagged in plastic bags.
We distribute reusable bags at many events year-round. Our reusable bags are made from 100% recycled polypropylene plastic, the same plastic typically used in recyclable yogurt or butter containers. During 2009 and 2010 alone we distributed nearly 4,500 reusable shopping bags. Based on campaign estimates, those reusable bags have the potential to prevent more than 560,000 plastic bags from ending up as waste or litter annually.
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