WGP Credit 4: Litter Prevention and Reduction Infrastructure (1 point)



To beautify public areas, prevent materials from polluting the natural environment, and encourage proper handling of materials by Local Governments and waste management Companies.

Local Government and Industry Requirements:

●      Prevention

o   Implement a program that encourages the adoption of durable products such as reusable bags and cups and disincentivizes single-use alternatives or eliminating disposable, single-use packaging at government sponsored community events. 

●      Reduction

o   Maintain a sufficient number of receptacles in public areas including walkways, parks, and other public places.

▪        Receptacles should be both visible and have effective signage.

▪        Side by side receptacles for both recycling and trash.

▪        Receptacles must have openings that contain waste without impeding the introduction of new material (i.e. push flaps, tops).

o   Consistent and reliable servicing of receptacles.

▪        A schedule is in place to appropriately empty receptacles nearing capacity.

▪        Limit overflow events to zero (0) per year. 

●      Enforcement

o   Demonstrate rapid cleanup of illegal dumping within 72 hours of being notified of the illegal dumping.

o   Demonstrate increased enforcement and fines for littering and illegal dumping.

o   Add signage stating no liter or dumping.

Potential Strategies

●      Example methods include unified language, artwork, vibrant colors, and/or colors that coincide with universal understanding    

●      In addition to trash, have multi-material disposal options (such as trash and recycling together).

●      Local Government programs to eliminate or reduce usage of products that are frequently littered e.g. bag bans or taxes/promotion or distribution of reusable bags; water bottle refilling stations in public places.

●      Partnering with local businesses or community groups and doing “Adopt a Street” programs.

●      Consistent education through labeling of acceptable materials in all container types – i.e. trash or recycling

●      Code enforcement of litter laws.

●      Analyze usage of street bin infrastructure and develop / adjust schedule based on seasonality and city events.

●      Include support for container deposit return systems, which have proven effective at significantly reducing litter and marine/waterway debris.

●      Utilize cloud-based remote receptacle monitoring systems and “smart” bins.

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