Plan Ahead

Get ready for your clean-up event by using this easy to use guide to help you to figure out what needs to be done

Confirm

Date

Time

Location


Check Weather

Sun

Rain

Storms

Heat


No Pets


What to Wear

Protective clothing, bright colors

Long sleeves

Pants

Sturdy, closed-toed shoes

What to Bring

Gloves

Sun gear/sunscreen

Bug spray

Water bottle

Snacks

Emergency contact numbers

Emergency medications and first aid kit

Extra clothing

At the Event

When you get there

Check in with organizers and attend safety tailgate meeting

Get supplies

Learn where to:

Check in with organizers and attend safety tailgate meeting

  • Reach a team leader
  • Pick up litter
  • Not trespass
  • Put collected items
  • Park/carpool

Litter Pickup Safety

Work in small groups (6-10)

No earbuds or headphones

Use common sense about lifting heavy objects. Get help!

Carefully handle sharp objects, aerosol cans, and chemical containers

Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for:

  • Snakes, wasps and other pests in debris piles
  • Poison Ivy & Oak, unstable rocks, thorns, brambles
  • Broken glass
  • Oncoming vehicles


Picking Up Litter

On bridges

On or in tunnels, medians, overpasses

Directly on roads

Notify your coordinator:

  • Toxins, poison, explosives, harmful or corrosive materials
  • Human or medical waste
  • Drug or drug waste
  • Weapons
  • Cannot identify
  • Worried about safety


Picking Up Litter

PUT IN BAGS

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Styrofoam
  • Wood
  • Rubber
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Empty bottles, cans and cups (do not remove lids or empty liquids)

DO NOT PUT IN BAGS: Items that are

  • Large
  • Heavy
  • Sharp
  • Dead animals
  • Drum-like containers

WHEN IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT OUT.

When You’re Done

Report littered hot spots

Put collected items in designated place

Return cleanup supplies

Sanitize or wash hands

Post event photos and experiences to social media