help reverse litter
Ten on Tuesday
A new tradition in North Texas: Ten on Tuesday encourages businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to reverse litter by picking up 10 pieces of trash and recyclable materials each Tuesday.
Why Should I Get Involved?
It’s easy and effective! If for just one year, 5,000 people chunk 10 pieces of litter a week into the trash or recycling bin, the Metroplex will reduce litter by 2.6 million pieces.
How Can I Get Involved?
It’s simple – every Tuesday pick up 10 pieces of litter and chunk them in the trash or toss them into a recycling bin. Pick up 10 at a time, 2 at a time or go the extra mile and pick up even more. In fact, don’t feel limited to just pick up on Tuesday!
- Ask your friends to pick up 10 pieces of litter
- Encourage your colleagues to participate by creating a challenge program at your workplace
- Create a new family tradition
- Celebrate your sports victories by having each member of the winning team pick up 10 pieces of litter
Find-A-Can Chunk Litter Here!
You’ll see these all over, bright bold reminders that we need to put trash and recyclable materials where they belong – in the proper trash or recycling receptacle.
Our campaign trash cans will have a special place at events, businesses, and other key locations all around the Metroplex.
Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle
The three R’s of the environment: reduce, reuse, and recycle are great ways to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. Taking these actions conserves natural resources, landfill space and energy. Plus, recycling turns materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill into valuable resources.
Reducing the amount of waste you produce is a good place to start.
- Use fewer paper towels and napkins. Do your part by using cloth napkins, dishtowels and sponges in the kitchen and dining room.
- Avoid using disposable goods such as paper plates and cups. Throwaways contribute to the problem, and end up costing more becausethey need to be replaced again and again.
- Buy products in bulk. They use less packaging and usually cost less per ounce.
- Start a compost bin. It’s a great place to toss kitchen scraps and yard waste. Once decomposed, use the compost to add nutrients to your yard and landscape beds.
- Leave grass clippings on lawn.
Get creative and give things a new purpose in this world.
- Bring a “no garbage” lunch to work or school, using reusable containers, bags, and a thermos.
- Reuse empty containers to refrigerate leftovers, pack a lunch, or keep your buttons and hardware in the shop organized.
- What’s wrong with that old water bottle? Refill it from the tap and use it again. Tap water is way cheaper than buying bottled water.
- Use refillable containers for soaps and cleaning products.
- Sell or donate old clothes, appliances, toys and furniture.
- Take some reusable bags with you the next time you go shopping.
What a way to keep used materials out of our landfills and turn them into something useful again.
- Collect and recycle materials like metal cans, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, and plastics.
- Take paint, cleaners, thinners, motor oil and other lubricants, batteries, pesticides and other compounds to a hazardous waste materials collections center. Check with your city or county to see where one is located.
- Look for products with high levels of post-consumer materials. Using recycled paper is a good place to start.
- Recycle your Christmas tree instead of dumping it.
Trinity River Trash Bash
Trinity River Trash Bash is an event held each year in September among many North Texas communities. The Trash Bash puts the spotlight on the Trinity River watershed and encourages groups, families and individuals to take action to reverse the litter trail and keep the river clean. In 2011, more than 6,500 volunteers collected a record 334,000 pounds of trash and recyclables. To volunteer or check to see if your community participates, please click here.
FYI – lots of other community events are posted here as well!