Who hasn’t seen a discarded facemask, gloves, or other PPE littering our neighborhoods, parks, and streets? In addition to the normal litter that we see every year, COVID-19 has resulted in an increase in protection equipment being improperly discarded and turning into litter. If an appropriate trash receptacle is not within 12 steps the average person will drop their trash to the ground creating litter. As we are now switching gloves and taking off disposable facemasks every time we leave the grocery store, this type of litter is adding up.
Research shows that people are more likely to litter in an area that is already littered. It is time to turn back the tides of litter filling our neighborhoods, streets, rivers, and lake. Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, with support from the Board of Lucas County Commissioners and the City of Toledo, is ready to do our part, but we need your help!
We are looking for individuals, families, businesses, corporate organizations, community groups, and youth programs (minors must be at least 10yrs old and accompanied by a responsible adult).
All litter cleanup supplies will be provided (gloves, litter tongs, trash bags, and safety vests).
Social Distancing and PPE recommendations will be followed.
Each month we will be scheduling one day to clean up litter. We will focus on one area from 9:00am to 12:00pm and another from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Cleanup Locations will be posted on our website and on our Facebook Page at least one week prior to each cleanup. Dates are:
June 13th - We met at the Mott Branch Library to clean up the surrounding streets, collecting an estimated 1155 pounds of litter.
Lets make our next cleanup even better!
9:00am - Bancroft St between Ashland Ave and Cherry St. 1:00pm - Bowman Park and W. Laskey Rd.
August 22nd - TBD
September 12th - TBD
If you cannot make one of the above dates, or if you want to make sure that a specific area gets cleaned, don’t wait for us – organize your own litter cleanup!
Any organized litter cleanup taking place in Lucas County can request cleanup supplies from us (gloves, litter tongs, trash bags, and safety vests) at no cost. We can also help with promoting your cleanup on Social Media and assisting with the pickup of the bags of litter after your cleanup is over.