It's a well known fact that litter and graffiti go hand in hand. The more litter there is in a community, the more likely it will attract graffiti and with crime being the end result. Our intent is to support and enhance the wonderful efforts of your city to keep it beautiful.
TGC can offer the following:
The only way to stop people from littering is to change their behavior. The best way to do this is through education. You will learn the Litter Ladder Education Model that can be implemented in the regular media as well as in the social media. This will also be expanded into an assembly presentation that will be presented to all elementary school students annually.
2. Litter Volunteers
You will learn how to recruit an army of litter picker-uppers! The people in this army will pick up litter whenever they are out walking: their dog, their children to school, for exercise, etc.
Each Council Member will designate a few specific locations where litter is a persistent problem. You will learn how to recruit extra-motivated anti-litter volunteers to pick up litter in these chronic locations once a month.
4. The Shed Program
This effort could use a name change but the program is fantastic. You will learn how to assist (with almost no staff time) community groups who want to participate in an extra-big litter clean up. The shed will house the litter supplies that they will need and be secured by a combination lock. Staff will schedule and coordinate groups who want to check out these supplies. The staff, however does not need to be present during the actual clean-up.
5. Community Leaders Meeting
We will actually host an evening meeting for community leaders to introduce them to these new initiatives. I will go through the process at the meeting that has resulted in the successful recruitment of thousands of graffiti and litter volunteers. The attendees of this meeting will be the first sign-ups for your Anti-Litter Volunteer Army. Throughout the year, City staff will go to these leaders’ association meetings to recruit the rest of the group members.
6. Ordinance Review
We will review your city's litter ordinances and talk about some additional litter ordinances that might be of interest to you.
7. Litter Reporting
We will explore the possibility of a Litter Reporting Hotline that could be established so residents can report litter being discarded from a vehicle. They would report the license plate number and an educational letter would be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle that would explain that litter was reported being thrown from the vehicle and the reasons why that is a problem. It would ask them to discard of litter properly in the future.
8. Litter Press Conference
We will discuss the possibility of holding a Press Conference to announce your new Anti-Litter Initiative Activities.
9. We will also discuss several other items including:
Signage, surveillance cameras, a Tarp Give-Away Program, illegal dumping, your Citywide Cleanup Day, etc.
10. Collaborative Partnership Social
It is time to let your future litter partners know what you are doing and commit to the effort. This will be the first of what will become monthly meetings of your new Litter Technical Advisory Team made up of representatives of all local organizations that have concerns about litter.