Participate in programs such as
Tempe Town Lake Adopt-the-Lake and
Arizona Adopt-a-Highway and
Maricopa County Adopt-a-Highway and
Phoenix Adopt-a-Street and
City of Scottsdale Adopt-a-Road and
Arizona Clean and Beautiful.
and its website has a section about
What's New in Arizona when it comes to highway adoptions.
Teach young people (begin in Kindergarten) that littering is bad.
Maybe they should be introduced to
Auntie Litter. [Auntie Litter teaches the three-Rs: Reuse,
Reduce Waste, Recycle.] Allocate five minutes of every school
day teaching K-12 students about litter.
Get cities, businesses, and schools to install devices such as though
made by the No Butts Bin Company.
[28 February 2003]
Increase the fine for littering from $500 to $1,000. [21 March 2003]
Make politicians pick-up litter around
their political signs (100 feet in all
directions). Political signs are a form
of litter and they are visual spam.
Require companies who consistently fill their
garbage bins to get either a larger bin or an
If they don't comply, then issue a fine (e.g. $1000).
Make political signs illegal and the money that
politicians waste on political signs will go to
pay awards to those who work on a Litter Patrol.
[According to an 11 October 2002 Arizona Republic
article, one political campaign spent $42,000
on political signs. $42,000 would result in
the picking-up of lots of litter.]
Pick-up one piece of litter everyday as advocated by
Businesses can have employees clean up areas around their
establishments. Example: When a Safeway employee goes
out to collect carts, then they can also pick up large
Apply a tax (e.g. $0.05) on all take-out food orders. This includes
plastic cups used for coffee, soft drinks and so on. This tax is used
to pay city employees who are work for the Litter Patrol.
Apply a tax (e.g. $0.05) on all cigarette packs. This money
will be paid to Litter Patrol employees. [It is amazing how many
cigarette butts are littering Mother Nature.]
Apply a tax (e.g. $0.05) on beer sold in bottles and cans.
This tax money will be paid to those who work on the Litter Patrol.
Broken beer bottles are a nasty form of litter because they break
into lots of small pieces. Beer bottles and beer cans that still
contain beer are no fun to pick up because they stink of stale beer.
Property owners can pick-up litter on their respective properties.
Every city should put garbage cans at all bus stops. Most bus stops
have garbage cans, but not all of them.
Let bus riders "adopt" a bus stop. In other words,
if they keep their bus stop clean, then they get to ride the
bus for free.
Place gates on the end of alleys to trap garbage in the alley.
Garbage truck drivers will have to get out of their trucks and
pickup the litter trapped at the gates. There is no reason why
garbage men cannot get out of their trucks and pickup garbage.
Minimize the use of landscaping along roads. Trees and
bushes are great at catching (and hiding) litter. When
our litter problem is under control, then we can beautify
Have all academic institutions adopt programs similar to
ASU Clean & Beautiful.
Use chain gangs (i.e. prisoners) to keep our streets clean.
Adopt a program similar to the state of Washington's
Litter and it will hurt.
Allow John Q. Public to take down and destroy signs like
Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days.
Support groups like CAUSS...
Citizens Against Ugly Street Spam.
Start an program.
Tempe's Town Lake is relatively new, but it is already
accumulating litter. [Think cigarette butts.]
This list is endless.