information and to sign up
Did you know….that the State of Washington has no active anti-liiter
campaign at this time? This sad fact is also true of most of our WA communities,
‘People for a Clean Tacoma’ is a small
of committed volunteers who have been working to raise Litter Awareness in
Tacoma for the past 2+ years. We activily pick-up litter
in our own neighborhood areas: we have Adopt-a
the city, we organize or participate in group community
clean-ups, and we have written a
community grant for Litter Tools. We mostly organize amongst ourselves and
through the neighborhood website, nextdoor.com.
We would like to raise Litter
Awareness with a nextdoor.com two week
Clean-Up Volunteer Campaign of Tacoma.
collective clean-up effort will run from
April 6th to April 20th. We’d like for 1-3 people
in each neighborhood or larger nextdoor.com community
area in Tacoma to post the nextdoor.com Litter
Challenge. Please feel free to adapt the post to suit your neighbohood’s
needs, including adjusting the dates. See
the post below.
Please concider posting this Local Litter
Challenge on nextdoor.com (and/or other social
media) for a Cleaner Tacoma on or near
March 30th so potential volunteers can mark their calendars for
this Spring Clean-Up of Tacoma.
If you want to know more about our past activities, please
visit Keep the
West End Clean facebook page. It
shows a bit about what we have done in the West End with litter clean-ups for
the last 2 years.
Let’s make Tacoma a Clean
City Trend Setter in Washington…..a city whose residents care and help pick
A Local Litter
litter bit hurts. How much litter can volunteers collectively pick-up in our
public spaces in 2 weeks time to ‘Help
Keep Tacoma Clean?
consider cleaning up a littered area near your home, business, park, or a favorite
walk or run route.
Frame: Saturday, April 6th through
Saturday, April 20th.
this nextdoor.com post a smiley
face if you PLAN to participate
in this Local Volunteer Litter Challenge.
gather a few Litter Pick-Up Tools: a collection container (a plastic bag or a
re-useable bucket), a pair of gloves, and/or
a litter grabber, hand sanitizer.
shoes, not sandals
Do not go
into the streets
litter (paper, bottles, cans, small plastics, lids, caps)
Do NOT pick
up hazardous litter
pick-up Sharps: needles, broken
Call or use the city app 311
number if you find hazardous litter like sharps
so they can pick it up.
Important to Know: Registered Adopt-a-Spot and Neighborhood Litter Patrols trash bags will be
picked up by the city after a request has been submitted.
your litter findings on this nextdoor post or at firstname.lastname@example.org
. This will enable us to approximate our success with this collective Litter
A post might include: location,
description of the litter, a picture of your litter collection, etc.
put litter in its place…..a trash can.
Adopt-a-Spot Safety Tips
DO Do collect
basic trash, paper, glass (unbroken), metal
containers, plastics, wood waste etc.
Do wear an orange
safety vest, if you are involved in a street cleanup, so you can be seen and
identified with the cleanup team.
Do wear light or
bright colored protective clothing, as well as hard-soled shoes and work
Sandals or open toe
shoes should not be worn.
Do work only during
daylight hours and good weather.
Do provide adult
supervision for young group members, as appropriate.
DON’T Don’t horse around or do anything that will distract other
in litter cleanups if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
yourself. If exceptionally large, heavy or unyielding items are encountered;
Solid Waste Management should be notified to arrange for proper disposal.
Don’t pickup litter
on construction sites.
The volunteers are
not to handle or touch anything that may cause injury or be hazardous,
including but not limited to syringes, hypodermic needles, or bags or bottles
containing suspected hazardous materials.
If hazardous items
of this type are encountered, contact the Tacoma Pierce County Health
Department at (253) 798-2940 or (253) 798-6047 and select option 5 (see
attached Health Department leaflet.)
Don’t pickup litter
during peak traffic times, if the designated area is a street.
Don’t use power
tools such as lawn mowers, tractors, chainsaws, etc.