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Litter Prevention

Don't Trash Central Virginia


There are many ways individuals and business owners can support litter prevention.

Individuals can:

  • Set an example for others, especially family, co-workers, friends, and children.  If you see litter, pick it up.
  • Organize, support, or join a litter clean up.
  • Keep a car litter bag.  Do not throw trash, food waste, or cigarette waste out of vehicle windows.
  • Secure belongings inside your vehicle to prevent unintentional littering when your windows are open.
  • Use a pocket ashtray if you smoke.
  • Make sure your trash cans have tight fitting lids or are not easily opened by wildlife.
  • Do not intentionally release balloons.  They return to earth as litter.


Businesses & Organizations can:

  • Educate employees, patrons, customers, and members about litter.
  • Post or display "Don't trash" campaign or other educational materials in your place of business.
  • In your place of business, provide plenty of containers for trash and recycling
  • Organize, support, or join a litter clean up.
  • Do not host or support events that intentionally release balloons.  Balloons can become trapped in branches or power lines and eventually return to earth as litter.

Organizations supporting litter prevention & clean up

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