KEEP WHITE SETTLEMENT BEAUTIFUL
We take seriously our responsibility as a City and as individuals to look after our environment. We believe that to Keep White Settlement Beautiful is to get involved. To volunteer, to educate ourselves and each other, and to be an active participant in making this the hometown community that we all love.
Did you know that 32% of litter found in storm drains are tobacco products? This is primarily due to discarded cigarette butts. Cigarette butts aren’t considered litter to most people. When you think of litter, most of us focus on the usual suspects: plastic straws, coffee cups, plastic bags, etc. But the reality is that cigarette butts are one of the most littered items on Earth. You have probably witnessed someone throwing a cigarette butt on the ground or out of a car window. Some people think it is safer to extinguish the cigarette if they toss it outside or down a storm drain or into a body of water, but doing this causes harm to the environment and to wildlife. Items in storm drains or on the ground can get washed into local waterways, affecting water quality and the creatures that live in and drink from the water source. If you smoke, properly discard of cigarette butts. Get a portable ashtray for your vehicle so you have a place to discard your cigarette butts even when you’re on the go
Problems With Plastic
While we use them briefly single use plastic such as plastic bags and food wrappers cause major problems in the environment. It takes a person maybe thirty minutes to unload groceries or eat a fast food lunch but the plastic stays in the environment for hundreds of years. Yearly we have over 8 million tons of plastic waste spill into our waterways and oceans. They can contain additives that make them durable but it will also extend the life of the plastic product. When the plastic product then becomes litter it takes up to 400 years to breakdown. Aquatic life can get tangled in six pack rings and fishing gear, and plastic bags cause aquatic life to starve to death. Other animals consume plastic which also cause severe damage and possible death. Plastic bags start out as fossil fuels and end up as deadly waste in landfills and the ocean. Birds often mistake shredded plastic bags for food, filling their stomachs with toxic debris. Microplastics are also consumed by people through food and in the air. Americans use an average of 365 plastic bags per person per year. Please practice waste prevention. Reuse bags whenever possible and but reusable bags. Help us Keep White Settlement Beautiful.
Take Charge of Battery Disposal and Recycling
Did you know that certain batteries cannot be thrown in the trash? Knowing how to correctly dispose of batteries helps the environment. Some batteries have corrosive and heavy metals which are not something we want in landfills. Alkaline and Zinc Carbon batteries are the most common everyday batteries. These are considered single use batteries and the most common are AA and AAA batteries used in household items like remote controls, flashlights, children’s toys, and other items. These batteries can be safely put in your household trash. Recycling is also an option for disposal of these batteries. You can find recycling options for single use alkaline and zinc carbon batteries by searching Earth911.com.
Button-cell batteries (sometimes called coin batteries), Lithium and rechargeable batteries cannot be put in your household trash. These batteries are most commonly found in watches, car keyless entry remotes, calculators, and cameras. These batteries have to be recycled at a Hazardous Waste Collection Site or other specialized recycling location. These batteries are made with heavy metals that can hurt the environment if discarded incorrectly. Some home improvement stores and battery retailers have a drop off recycling receptacle for these batteries. You can find recycling options for single use alkaline and zinc carbon batteries by searching Earth911.com
IMPORTANT NOTE: There can be special safety requirements when disposing of or recycling batteries. Oftentimes, the ends of the batteries need to be taped and certain types of batteries shouldn’t be stored together. To learn more about the different types of batteries and how to safely dispose of them, please visit https://www.epa.gov/recycle/used-household-batteries
If you love gardening and yard work then the Community Garden is the perfect place to volunteer for you! Adopt a spot in our garden where you get to pick and choose what plants, vegetables, or fruit you want to plant. We provide the dirt, fertilizer ,compost and water. Whatever you plant is yours to keep! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this FORM to get more information!
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. Anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or go to their state 811 center’s website before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility line. You should call 811 or use your state 811 center’s website a few business days before you begin any digging, including common projects like planting trees and shrubs or installing fences and mailboxes. The specific amount of advance notice that you are required to provide varies by state.