LitterLitter is something we see every day. On the way to work along the side of the road, in the park while walking the dog, maybe even in your own yard. Leaving this litter on the ground could cause it to blow into a creek or waterway, which then leads to the water we drink. Not only is this unpleasant to look at, but it is also a hazard to our environment's health.

Did You Know?

  • 90% of the trash in our waterways is not biodegrade.
  • 80% of litter found in our creeks and rivers traveled from locations on land.

Why You Should Be Concerned

  • Litter such as plastic bags, bottles and cigarette butts can choke, suffocate or disable aquatic life like ducks, fish, turtles and birds.
  • Litter can lead to foul odors and may attract rats and other pests. If litter reaches a stream, it ruins the beauty for everyone.

What You Can Do

  • Pledge to pick up Ten on Tuesday.
  • Set an example by not littering.
  • Place only tied bags of trash outdoors.
  • Make sure trash cans have lids and are secure.
  • Keep your yard clean and free of things that may blow into the street and become litter.
  • Carry a litter bag in the car.
  • Participate local cleanup events. Contact McKinney's Environmental Education Department for upcoming events.
Report stormwater pollution or dumping of pollutants into stormwater drains by calling 972-547-7350