On April 10, beginning at 9:00 am and ending at noon, with hotdogs and drinks and drawings for prizes, you will see around 75 to 100 youth from the Lutheran, Methodist, and other churches, the Blanco Schools, the Boy Scouts, the Lions Club, and others helping to pick up litter from our city easements, parks, and schools. You will see canoes and kayaks in the Blanco River and citizens wading along the sides to pick trash out of our beautiful river and off its banks.
There will be trucks with trailers going up and down the streets picking up used and unwanted household items and “junk” for citizens who need help to haul it to the Blanco City Yard on Jones Road. The yard will open for citizens with a city water bill, who can bring their own, to leave their loads from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Many of these items will be recycled and will not go into the landfills.
Research and experience have shown that litter is the result of individual behavior — choosing to litter or being careless in handling of waste. Once litter is on the ground, it attracts more litter. A clean community, by contrast, can discourage littering and improve community appearance and quality of life. This is what we are working toward in Blanco.
You have a role to play in preventing litter. It takes just one person, one school, one business, one organization, and the city administration to positively impact the behavior of others in their community. We would like to urge the schools, city, all businesses, and families to join Keep Blanco Beautiful to achieve this goal.
The KAB 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study found that there are over 51 billion pieces of litter on the U.S. roadways each year. Most of it, 46.6 billion pieces, is less than 4 inches.
While visible roadside litter has decreased by about 61% since 1969 on the U. S. roadways, it is still a persistent problem.
Litter clean-up costs the U. S. almost $11.5 billion each year, with businesses paying $9.1 billion. Government, schools, and other organizations pick up the remainder.
Community economy and quality of life suffer. The presence of litter in a community takes a toll on quality of life, property values, and housing prices. KAB’s 2009 survey found that litter in a community decreases property values 7%.
Litter has environmental consequences. Wind and weather, traffic, and animals move litter into gutters, lawns and landscaped areas, alleyways, and parking structures. Debris can be carried by storm drains into local waterways, with potential for serious environment contamination.
Let’s Make and Keep Blanco Beautiful and be part of the solution - not part of the problem.
See you on the courtyard on April 10 at 9:00 am.