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Going Green: Ten on Tuesday

Each week on Going Green we post ideas and steps that we can all take to live and work green, conserve, and recycle. One of the topics we cover often provides advice on cleaning up litter to prevent garbage from getting into our water sources.  By finding ways to recycle items rather than fill up landfills, we beautify the places we live and work. But as Southwest Employees, we don’t just talk the talk—our actions make positive change!  All across our system, we log hundreds of volunteer hours cleaning up parks, schools, and local areas, and every little bit helps to make a difference. One cleanup movement that is gaining support in the North Texas area is Reverse Litter’s Ten on Tuesday.  This campaign encourages people to pick up at least ten pieces of litter each Tuesday through organized cleanups or individual efforts.  There are also great educational resources about recycling available on Reverse Litter’s web site.  Although this campaign is geared toward North Texas, it’s a movement that can be implemented in any city.  Here are some things that you can do to clean up your city:
  • Manage the amount of trash that you throw away each day by recycling items when able
  • Store items in reusable, rather than disposable, containers.  One easy way to do this is bring reusable shopping bags to the store with you
  • Dispose of small trash—such as wrappers and cigarette butts—in trash containers rather than throwing them on the ground
Make the pledge today, whether on or with a group of Coworkers to pick up ten pieces of trash each Tuesday, and let’s see the difference we can make and the positive change that we can bring to our communities across the nation. How are you going to reduce litter in your city?  Let us know by commenting below.  DING!  You are now free to be Green!