Guest Blog By Albert Arevalo, Community Outreach Liaison with the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Litter is in our communities, parks, and waterways in large part because someone chooses to drop their trash on the ground instead of finding a trash can. Yes, some litter is there because people accidentally drop things, or because people forget to make sure the lids of their trash and recycling bins are covered, but by-in-large litter is a problem because of personal choices in how we dispose of trash.
In Congress Heights, the Alice Ferguson Foundation is seeking to educate the community and to change attitudes and behavior around the bad habit of littering through our Regional Litter Prevention Campaign. One of our strongest community allies is Nathan Harrington. He along with hundreds of volunteers has dedicated countless hours to restore the health of the Shepherd Parkway by removing trash and invasive species found throughout the park.
As our campaign grows and gains momentum, we invite you to make your own personal commitment to end litter. Some simple actions you can take include:
- Pick up litter when you see it.
- Talk to your friends, family, and others about why it is important not to litter.
- Host or join a community cleanup
- Post a poster in your community or use any of our other free toolkit items
Litter is a severe problem that affects our land, our water, and our health. By educating the public about the importance of taking control of their trash and disposing of it responsibly, we can begin to change littering behavior and ultimately reduce the amount of trash in our communities and waterways. Find out how you can take action at TrashFreePotomac.org