Tips for Litter Prevention

Littering can cause a variety of issues beginning with the environmental impact leading towards the disruption of a community’s good health and quality of lifestyle.  It is important to keep your local community healthy and looking its best for today and future generations.

A list of issues can develop from littering.  Not only is the environment is impacted from the carelessness of littering; however, money is also wasted as taxpayers money goes to employ people to pick up trash.  Public health issues develop as litter accumulates and develops a breeding ground for bacteria, while also attracting vermin.  Papillion Sanitation is driven to keep the Omaha community clean and encourages residents to keep our community thriving and looking its best.

Make sure your trash is secure.

Newspapers, cans and other light-weight waste materials can be easily picked up by the wind and scattered far away from the correct waste and recycling receptacles. As you visit public places in Omaha or participate in local events make sure that the garbage you are disposing of is securely placed and will not be spread to other places.

Participate in a community clean-up day.

As a rewarding and often enjoyable experience, the proper disposing of unwanted garbage around the city will help bring community members together to make the area a better place to live and visit. Consider participating in various community events that promote a healthier environment.

Opportunities for keeping a community clean and beautiful are vast, and garbage collection companies such as Papillion Sanitation are here to help carry out environmental initiatives including trash pickup and recycling services.

Educate others.

Education is a vital tool to help reduce littering.  Encourage others to refrain from overfilling garbage bins.  Wind can easily blow an overfilled bin’s lid open and disperse the trash throughout the neighborhood.  Post reminders on community bulletin boards on the effects of littering and how to reduce littering.  Educate children on proper disposal of trash and the detrimental effects caused by littering.  According to a KAB (Keep American Beautiful, Inc) study, “Most littering behavior—81%—occurred with notable intent. This included dropping (54%), flick/fling of the item (20%), and other littering with notable intent (7%).”  Education is key in preventing these carless habits.

Keep a litter bag in your vehicle.

Trash can easily be taken by the wind and blow out of a window or a car door when opened.  It is beneficial to keep a bag in your vehicle and throw your trash in the bag to dispose of properly later.  Not only will this action keep the streets clean, it will keep your car clean and organized as well.  Often a nuisance for both drivers and local communities, roadside littering is illegal and can be easily solved by individuals keeping a bag inside of their vehicle for trash purposes.

Make good use of recycle bins.

Recycling materials instead of littering can save natural resources, landfill space, energy, and clean air and water. This will benefit both your local community and the overall environment.

Papillion Sanitation is driven to be a part of creating a safe, healthy community and environment.  Contact us or visit our recycling page to learn how you can be cleaner and greener for your community today and future generations.