Ten Everyday Ways You Can Keep New Mexico True
- Use a refillable water bottle instead of single-use plastic bottles and bring a reusable grocery bag shopping.
- Plant trees, flowers and gardens that are indigenous to New Mexico.
- Carry a bag for litter in your car or put trash in your pocket until you find a container.
- Encourage recycling in your workplace by offering to bring recyclable materials to a local center or collection facility.
- Ask your neighbors to join you in cleaning up a public area where litter has accumulated.
- Find out how you can plant and maintain flowers along a curb or sidewalk. People litter less where areas have been beautified.
- Set an example by not littering and picking up litter when you see it.
- Report graffiti to your local government or Clean & Beautiful organization.
- Contact the organizations sending you junk mail and ask them to remove you from their mailing list.
- Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to Take the Pledge to Keep New Mexico True.
Additional ideas for reducing waste and beautifying your community:
- Teach others the proper way to dispose of trash. Show them the difference between a clean area and an area spoiled by litter, and stress why it’s important to put trash in proper containers.
- Make sure that your trashcans have lids that can be securely attached. If you have curbside trash service, don’t put out open containers or boxes filled with trash.
- Ask your local government to become involved in litter clean ups by collecting the bags of litter, or by waiving the disposal fee at the landfill or solid waste facility.
- Tie papers in a bundle before placing them in a curbside recycling bin. Loose papers can be blown out by the wind as can other recyclables. (Check local requirements and share information with neighbors.)
- If you or a member of your family is involved in a civic group, scouting, or recreational sports program, encourage the group to become involved in a cleanup. In some communities, groups can earn cash by separating recyclable products from litter and redeeming them. Have the group “adopt” a spot and maintain it on a regular basis.
- Ask business owners to check their dumpsters every day to make sure tops and side doors are closed. If the business has a loading dock, ask them to keep it clean, and to put out a receptacle for employees to use.
- If you own a construction or hauling business, make sure your trucks are covered when transporting material to and from sites. Use fencing around construction or demolition sites to prevent debris from being blown into other areas. Put trash containers at the site and on every floor for construction workers.
- The most successful way to prevent littering in your community is to have an ongoing, organized program that involves local government, businesses, civic groups, the media, schools, and citizens.