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Date:
September 5, 2020
Time:
All Day
Location:
The Woodlands
Address:
The Woodlands, TX 77380
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GreenUp: Fall Sweep

Saturday, September 5, 2020

This is a social-distancing event. Participants are encouraged to observe COVID-19 guidelines: Stay in small groups (five or less), practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and keep hands clean to stay safe.

Help keep The Woodlands looking clean and green.

Join GreenUp: Fall Sweep, a Township-wide litter cleanup day!


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.

How Fall Sweep Works

1.  Gather your family and ready your gloves, bags and outdoor gear for a day of community beautification.

2.  Choose a location in the community in need of litter cleanup. Check out suggested sites below for ideas.

3.  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.

4.  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 by not overstuffing park trash cans.

5.  Share your success by posting a photo on social media using #GreenUpFallSweep


Safety

1.  Wear protective gear- Gloves, masks for when passing other people, 

2.  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, masks or PPE, 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.

3.  Be prepared for the elements - Long pants, closed-toe shoes, hats, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and a reusable water bottle are recommended.

4.  Sanitize when you’re done - Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer after collecting litter.

5.  Be aware of wildlife – Avoid all snakes and wildlife. Observe from a distance and irritate tall grass or bushes with a stick before entering to scare off wildlife.

6.  Know poisonous plants and avoid them – Poison ivy is common along pathways and inside tree lines. Touching leaves and roots can cause a painful rash. Remember leaves of three, leave it be! See image below.  

poisom ivy - ZK for web

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!


Locations by Village

Find specific locations on the map within each village below.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

GIS GreenSweep Map 2


Why is litter a problem?

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

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. It only takes 1 plastic bottle cap full of water for mosquitoes to reproduce.
  • Causes fire hazards.
  • Harms wildlife. Small pieces of litter are often ingested by aquatic and land animals and fishing line or other tanglers can trap them. This can lead to death or severe injury.



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