Litter, Trash, and Debris

Trash and debris in the street gutter

You identified litter, trash, and debris as an environmental problem in your community.

Why is this a problem?

Litter, trash, and debris can enter lakes, streams, and rivers through rainwater, wind, and direct dumping. Debris can prevent rivers and streams from flowing naturally, damage aquatic habitats, and threaten wildlife. It also can become a source of chemical pollution if it contains a contaminant or if chemicals are released as the materials degrade. Litter also reduces the recreational value of natural areas by making them look “dirty” and unappealing. Cleaning up litter is costly and adds to the economic burden of local governments.



What Actions Can You Take?

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