Tallahassee. FL - The City of Tallahassee announced today (9-20) the rebirth of a once-popular program designed to address a longstanding community problem – litter. Despite the efforts of City crews and other local agencies and organizations, litter continues to create an image of disorder and lack of caring in our area.
To tackle this issue, the City of Tallahassee and Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful (KTLCB) are partnering to renew the Adopt-A-Street program and raise public awareness about the ongoing need to address litter. To celebrate the program’s renewal and stimulate community interest in the initiative, a public meeting will take place this week.
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
WHERE: Frenchtown Renaissance Center, 435 N. Macomb St. - Growth Management Conference Room (first floor)
WHO: Individuals, representatives from organizations, neighborhood associations
“Our community is special for so many reasons, and yet we still have a significant litter problem,” said City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, who plans to attend the kickoff event and who also serves on the City’s Environmental and Energy Resources Target Issue Committee. “Through our partnership with Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful, the enhanced Adopt-A-Street program will allow us to collectively attack litter and also focus on educating the public about the problems caused by litter and ways to eliminate it.”
The renewed Adopt-A-Street program is a component of the City’s “Think Before You Throw – Where Does It Go?” litter control program launched earlier this year. Enhancements to the Adopt-A-Street program include:
· Program management by Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful;
· “Starter kits” that include safety vests, litter grabbers, bags and gloves; and
· Electronic submission of applications and reports.
The City has designed the renewed Adopt-A-Street program and “Think Before You Throw – Where Does It Go?” to address litter through education, heightened awareness and continued enforcement of existing regulations. Statistics indicate there are four primary reasons people litter:
· No sense of ownership, even though areas such as parks and beaches are public property;
· Belief that someone else has responsibility or will pick up after them;
· Areas with accumulated litter tend to establish that litter is tolerated, leading to more litter;
· Littering is convenient.
Through the “Think Before You Throw – Where Does It Go?” program, several enhancements to litter control have been made, including:
· Development of the ‘Tarp It’ initiative designed to keep refuse from escaping from pickups and other trucks;
· Partnership with the Leon County School District on engaging students to be aware of litter issues around school sites.
For more information on the Sept. 22 meeting or litter control in general, please contact the City’s Environmental Policy and Energy Resources Department at 891-2476 or visit Talgov.com.