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Save the date for GreenUp: Fall Sweep

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – In light of the annual Earth Day GreenUp cancellation in March, the Township encourages individuals and family groups to organize their own cleanup on Saturday, September 5, 2020. 

Help keep The Woodlands looking Clean and Green

How Fall Sweep Works 

  • Gather your family and ready your gloves, bags and outdoor gear for some community beautification. 
  • Choose a location in the community in need of litter cleanup. Check out suggested sites below for ideas. 
  • Cleanup litter along pathways and in the tree lines. Report large or hazardous items to the Township through the 311 App or by calling 281-210-3800 during normal business hours. 
  • Dispose of full bags at home or in a park trash can. Tie your trash bags tightly to protect sanitation workers. Avoid causing more litter issues and take bags home if park trash cans are full. 
  • Share your success by posting a photo on social media using #GreenUpFallSweep.

 

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Safety 

  •  Wear protective gear – Gloves and close-toed shoes.  
  • Follow COVID-19 guidelines – Wear gloves and maintain a 6’ distance. Bring a mask for passing within 6’ of others. If you encounter littered gloves and masks, please use care and review this guide for safety tips. Dispose of your single-use face masks and disposable gloves in a trash can (not a recycle can). Check out this resource by Keep Texas Beautiful for cleanup guidance during the pandemic. 
  • Be prepared for the elements – Long pants, closed-toe shoes, hats, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and a reusable water bottle are recommended. 
  • Sanitize when you’re done – Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer after collecting litter. 
  • Be aware of wildlife – Observe from a distance. Watch where you step. Do not place hands in holes or brush piles.   
  • Know poisonous plants – Poison ivy is common along pathways and inside tree lines. Touching leaves and stems can cause a painful rash. Remember leaves of three, leave it be! See image below.   
The Woodlands Township Environmental Services

Site Suggestions 

Participants may choose their own cleanup locations. Parks, pathways and green spaces by businesses always need cleaning. Pay attention to tree lines to spot litter hiding under leaves and brush. 

Litter Hot Spots 

Find litter hot spots on www.Litterati.org or by using the app on your phone. Help us track litter in The Woodlands by snapping pictures and logging found litter in the app leading up to the event, during, and after for future events! 

 

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Locations by Village 

Find specific locations within each village. These are only suggestions only; you’re encouraged to clean up any public area in need. 

Click on the map below for locations and directions

GreenUp Map 2020

Why is litter a problem? 

All litter, big and small, is not only unsightly, it has serious environmental consequences. Please dispose of waste properly, educate or report those seen littering and start the habit of picking it up when you see it.

 

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Negative effects on our community: 

  • Decreases community aesthetic, reducing property values. 
  • Causes soil, water and air pollution. Chemicals can leach from litter, polluting nearby soil and water bodies. If the littered area is burned, it can release toxic particulate matter. 
  • Creates breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can reproduce in containers as small as a bottle cap. 
  • Causes fire hazards. 
  • Harms wildlife. Aquatic and land animals ingest small pieces of litter and fishing line or other tanglers entrap them.

For questions or comments, please email enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

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