To beautify local areas, prevent materials from polluting the natural environment, and encourage proper handling of material by municipalities.


  • Prevention
    • Implement a program that encourages the adoption of durable products such as reusable bags and cups and disincentivizes single-use alternatives; to complement SMMP policy.
  • Reduction
    • 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.
      • Receptacles must have openings that contain waste without impeding the introduction of new material (i.e. push flaps, tops).
    • 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.

Potential Strategies

  • Example methods include unified language, artwork, vibrant colors, and/or colors that coincide with universal understanding (i.e. blue for recycling, yellow for compost).
  • In addition to trash, have multi-material disposal options (such as trash and recycling together).

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