Put the Wrapper in the Trash
We are fortunate to have organized city services that collect and handle our trash. These services prevent trash from getting into our waters. We need to do our part as citizens to place any trash we handle in trash cans where it belongs. Even small things, like bottle caps and candy wrappers, can create a big problem when birds and sea creatures mistake them for food and eat them.
Kids can help create a Clean Water Future by helping make sure that litter and trash, no matter how small, gets placed in trash cans and handled by our city services.
Food Packaging Litter Washes into Stormwater
Single-use plastics, like candy wrappers, are a major source of litter, and since our area is very rainy, the litter is washed down storm drains and into streams and the bay.
There's Too Much Plastic in the Ocean
A recent high-quality study found that there is a huge amount of plastic trash in our oceans. This plastic pollution makes our waters unsafe and unsightly.Plastic Recovered from Dauphin Island Beach by Caitlin Wessel
Things You Can Do
Wrappers in your pockets
Put gum and candy wrappers in your pockets or backpack and throw them away at home.Photo by: Petr Kratochvil
Make A Trash Bag For Your Car
Make a trash bag for your car like this one (see more ideas on our Pinterest board).
Attend a Litter Cleanup
Attend a litter cleanup with your friends or family, they happen throughout the year. List of Area Cleanups
Use The Water!
Getting out on the water is not only fun and great exercise, the more you use the water, the more likely it is you'll think about protecting it. So go ahead, go for a swim, get your fishing pole, take a boat for a ride, or attend a water festival near you. More Ideas