Promoting Community Care and Recycling in a Community

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Ensuring a community stays clean and beautiful is easier than one may think.
Keeping trash out of parks and off roads is just the beginning.
Graffiti, cigarette litter and overflowing landfills are also menacing problems.
If a community has fallen into a trash mess, organize a group of volunteers and have a community clean-up event.
Make a day of it! Find local sponsors and educational partners.
There are numerous organizations that a community can pair with to help clean-up a neighborhood or park.
Keep America Beautiful is a networking organization that has over 1,200 local affiliates in community across America.
com "believes that each of us holds an obligation to preserve and protect our environment...
through our everyday choices and actions.
" They bring businesses, citizens and governments together to find solutions to reducing waste and litter while beautifying communities.
Helpful Tips of Organizing a Cleanup:
  • Partner with local partners or a national organization.
  • Spread the word with local media - email campaigns, social media, radio and print advertisements, etc.
  • Make the event fun - have games, provide snacks and giveaways.
A great way to prevent a community from being trashed is to provide the appropriate trash receptacles in and around buildings, parks, apartment homes and pedestrian streets.
This will prevent unwanted litter and debris from being scattered around.
The closer together receptacles are to each other, the higher the chance of people throwing their garbage away.
1,609 lbs of trash is produced by EACH American EVERY year! Providing dog owners with pet waste disposal stations dramatically decreases the amount of unwanted feces in communities.
Pet stations scattered throughout communities, parks and along streets places the responsibility on pet owners to clean up after their pets.
About 4,000 tons of pet waste is produced EACH DAY! There are a few preventative measures one can take if graffiti is a menacing issue for a neighborhood, apartment community or park area.
Unless there is a security system in place, it is hard to catch the culprit in the act.
Choosing furniture from which spray paint can be easily removed - such as recycled plastic, plastisol or thermoplastic coated - is one of the best measures to take.
It won't stop taggers from attaching; however it will save money on replacement furniture.
Minimizing the carbon footprint left behind goes far beyond recycling.
Reducing unnecessary waste, recycling, energy conservation, and carpooling are effective ways to minimize what is left behind.
Here are a few things that reduce the carbon footprint:
  • Ditch bottled water: Encourage citizens to fill reusable water bottles from water stations or fountains.
  • Promote recycling: Set up curbside pick-up recycling cartons in the community and place recycling centers around parks, housing communities, schools and other public areas.
  • Unplug it: Promote citizens to unplug appliances, cell phones and laptop chargers or any other electronic item when not in use.
  • Carpool or use bikes: Placing bike racks in and around communities increases bike use.
    Create a message board where community members can post ride share information.
The national recycling rate is only 34% annually.
Recycling reduces what ends up in landfills, reduces water pollution, creates jobs in communities, saves trees and protects wildlife habitats.
Simple steps can be taken to promote recycling within a community that will have a lasting effect on everyone.
Whenever possible, buy products manufactured with recycled materials.
Even picnic tables, park benches, recycling receptacles and message centers can be manufactured from recycled materials.
It takes 3,400 milk jugs to make a 6' park bench and 6,300 milk jugs to make a 6' picnic table.
The greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling is equivalent to taking 36 million cars off the road each year! Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to run a TV for 3 hours! Recycling one glass bottle or jar saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours! Americans use 200,000,000 aluminum cans EVERY DAY! Planting flowers and trees do a lot more than just make a space beautiful and full of vibrant colors.
Having plants regulate air quality, protects water quality, reduces erosion, lightens people's mood and provides natural habitats for local wildlife.
Gardens have been proven to relieve stress and generally make people feel better.
Integrating different size planters around a space is a great way to bring color and natural beauty to an area.
Bring the outdoors inside and plant oversize planters indoors!
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