Being a Responsible Citizen

While many people believe that they’re doing what they can to help the environment; cutting soda rings, using metal straws, or even putting paper in the recycling bins, there is always improvements to be made when it comes to protecting our land and water.

Step One:
Always know where your garbage is going. While it may be easier to pay any trash company to pick up your garbage, it is always a good idea to do some research about where it all ends up. Not all disposal is ideal, but some options are better than others. It only takes a few minutes to make sure that your trash doesn’t end up in your local waterways.

Step Two:
Rinse your recycling. It may be a little known fact, but many recycling machines cannot recycle any items that have food particles on them, including cardboard pizzas boxes. It may seem like a monotonous task, but it is also practically a guarantee that whatever you’re recycling will in fact be recycled.

Step Three:
Always prepare during a flood warning. If there is a possibility for a flood, or if you know that it will be raining a lot, it is always a good idea to put items that may be washed away on higher grounds. In doing this, it reduces the likely hood of your items ending up in your neighbors field or your local rivers.

iCleanWaterways is a national movement actively removing trash from our springs, creeks, rivers and our many lakes while promoting personal responsibility. Our goal is to eliminate the trash one pound at a time for our children and generations after.

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