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One Piece Litter Campaign Kicks Off Saturday

The program is the being put on by Councilman Nick Mosby's office in conjunction with Blue Water Baltimore.

The One Piece litter campaign will be kicking off on Saturday in Reservoir Hill as part of that neighborhood's Garden and Home Tour.

The event, which is being presented by Councilman Nick Mosby's office and Blue Water Baltimore,  will start at 10 a.m. at the Reservoir Park at Reservoir at Park and Newington avenues.

"What we are asking is simple," Mosby said in email to constituents. "If every citizen in Baltimore picked up just one piece of trash a day, and disposed of it properly, the costs to our environment, and our tax dollars, could be dramatically reduced. The benefit to our neighborhoods would be tremendous."

Mosby, who represents parts of Hampden, Medfield and Hoes Heights, announced the program during a celebration at City Hall commemorating his first 100 days in office.

The form to dowload a one piece pledge form may be found here.

Anne-Margaret June 01, 2012 at 12:50 PM
That is great to get the message out for everyone to help keep our city clean. I already did my part this morrning - while out on the morning dog walk, I picked up someone's discarded water bottle and placed in the recycling when I returned home. Every little bit helps!!
brad schlegel June 01, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I have been doing this for years. We need to get our schools to make litter control a topic if discussion at all grade levels, followed by some hands on participation at the end of every school day.
Adam Bednar (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Do you think trash cans on street corners, like Charles Village uses, help or hurt litter control?
Able Baker June 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I think it helps overall. Giving someone a place to throw their garbage is always a good idea. The problem is that some people use it for their household trash, which fills them up to the point where they're useless for street trash, dog droppings etc. It'd probably be helpful to use cans with small openings and tops that can't easily be removed, except by the trashmen.
Jon June 02, 2012 at 05:27 AM
I think the trash cans on street corners of Charles Village definitely help, at least at the margin. There are plainly people who just don't care whether a trash can is available or not, as you'll often see litter within easy walking distance of trash cans. But I'm much more likely to collect trash I see on the street if I know there's a can nearby. Plus, I see plenty of people make use of the cans as they're walking down the street or waiting at a bus stop. Undoubtedly a few of them would have just tossed their trash wherever if they didn't have a better option. Unfortunately, as Able points out, some miscreants take advantage of the trash cans to drop off household trash or unwanted furniture. I wish there was an easy solution for that.
JD1 June 02, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Can anyone explain why people think its okay to simply toss their personal trash on the ground? I feel like its the ultimate expression of laziness and ignorance. This includes those who flick their cigarette butts on the ground as well. Just another exampleofma total lack of personal responsibility.

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