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What can we do about litter?

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  • Don't litter.

  • 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.

  • AdoptAHighway.net is the Litter Removal Service of America 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 extra bin. [example #1 and example #2] 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 LitterProject.com.

  • 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 litter items.

  • 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 the streets.

  • 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 Adopt-A-Park program. Tempe's Town Lake is relatively new, but it is already accumulating litter. [Think cigarette butts.]

  • This list is endless.