Not only does litter on our streets end up in our waterways and harm beautiful wildlife, but it also contaminates the water we use to cook with, drink, and bathe in. Water quickly becomes dangerous for people and wildlife to live off of when it’s cluttered with dirty litter. We’ve put together this helpful list of things to remember to keep North Texas and its waterways clean & beautiful for the summer!
- Bring a trash bag to the lake/river/beach/park → Do more than just watch where you step when thinking about litter this summer; grab some gloves, shoes, and a plastic bag before your next walk and pick up litter in your favorite summer spots. Bonus points if you bring multiple trash bags to hand out to other people! Don’t forget to always thoughtfully #TrashYourTrash, so litter doesn’t end up there in the first place.
- Properly clean your boats and equipment → It’s clear that Texans love their lakes, and obviously Texans want to help protect their lakes, and the best way to do that is by “properly cleaning, draining and drying boats and equipment every time they leave the water,” a spokesperson from The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) says in this TPWD reminds boaters to ‘Clean, Drain and Dry’ North Texas E-News article.
- “Put nothing in toilets but human waste and toilet paper” → CBS DFW article “Wipes, Masks And Gloves Among PPE Equipment Clogging Sewers, Storm Drains Across The U.S.” says. Flushing the wrong things down the toilet, or down storm drains, has lead to major destructive problems and overflows in sewage systems across the nation. Houston has seen a 33% increase in overflows from February to March because of clogs from rags, tissues, paper towels, and wipes. DC Water says do not be fooled by products like wipes that claim they are flushable, they are not.
Take the #TrashYourTrash
Have you filled out our customizable online pledge yet? Whether it’s 5, 15, or 500 pieces of trash that you pledge to pick up every day, week, or month… you can make a plan that works best for you, litter legend! Click the link here to make your very own personal pledge: http://reverselitter.com/pledge/
You can SHARE the PLEDGE on SOCIAL when you’re done!
Yay, Litter Clean-Up Events are BACK! → With COVID-19 keeping folks at home over the past few months, people may be seeking opportunities to volunteer outdoors. At the same time, parks are suffering from too much litter and too few volunteers. Keep Fort Worth Beautiful and the Fort Worth Park & Recreation Dept. are joining on a series of park cleanups between June 27 and Aug 01. Find the details of the SUMMER 2020 clean-up events here: Fort Worth Parks Need Some Love. Volunteer To Clean Up Your Favorite Park
Are You a Reverse Litter Superhero?! Upload Your Pics!
We love seeing all of the hard work your putting in to keep North Texas clean. It’s never too late to start picking up litter, LITTERally! We love this night time waterbottle pick-up shared by @OakCliffLove on Instagram.
Always tag @ReverseLitter and use the hashtag #TrashYourTrash for a chance to be featured in our upcoming E-Newslitter or on our social media accounts!