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Waste

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Parks can design a beautiful greenstreet and stewards can help keep plants healthy, but no one can fully appreciate a site if it is littered with plastic bags, bottles, and cigarette butts. Keeping a site free of litter not only ensures its place as a community asset, it reduces the amount of stress placed on the plants.

Guidelines

  • Wearing gloves, remove trash from greenstreets and street tree pits.
  • Bag and dispose of the garbage properly, in city trash cans or in your own trash.
  • Try to recycle what materials can be recycled.
  • Do not handle any materials you are not comfortable with picking up and stay away from any obviously hazardous material: needles, toxic chemicals, dead animals, etc.
  • Wearing gloves, remove trash from greenstreets and street tree pits.
  • Bag and dispose of the garbage properly, in city trash cans or in your own trash.
  • Try to recycle what materials can be recycled.
  • Do not handle any materials you are not comfortable with picking up and stay away from any obviously hazardous material: needles, toxic chemicals, dead animals, etc.
  • Call 311 if you find any hazardous materials or if there is debris that is too large for you to remove.
  • Do not store trash bags on greenstreets or in tree pits. They crush groundcover and may leak into the soil.

Tools (provided)

  • gloves
  • trash bags
  • garbage grabber

Caring for Street Trees & Greenstreets

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