Over 700 volunteers worked together to remove an incredible 8,000 lbs of litter from our community at the 10th annual Earth Day GreenUp community litter cleanup day on Saturday, March 20,2021. The amount of litter collected is the equivalent of 125 of our curbside trash carts.
Single-use plastics, such as grocery bags, disposable cutlery and cups, fast food containers and straws, were the most common type of litter collected at GreenUp. These items are blown from parking lots, picnic areas and trash barrels into forested areas. Choosing reusable alternatives and refusing single-use plastics reduces this type of harmful litter. Volunteers also collected larger items such as construction debris, discarded lawn furniture, used tires and more.
Help keep The Woodlands looking beautiful by continuing the litter pick up habit. Consider organizing your own cleanup any time of the year or adopting a pathway through the Adopt-a-path program. Trash grabbers are available for loan through the Environmental Services Department. For more information or to reserve grabbers, contact The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scouts seeking their Soil & Water Conservation badge or the It’s Your Planet – Love It Journey badge can receive free equipment to organize their own cleanups from Keep Texas Beautiful. Check out their website for more information.
Lend a hand in keeping our community clean and green.
Join us for the 10th annual community litter cleanup, Earth Day GreenUp on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Team up with family, friends and neighbors for a socially-distanced volunteer opportunity to target litter on pathways, parks, waterways and greenbelts.
Each year GreenUpvolunteers remove 4,500 pounds of litter - 76 curbside trash carts worth!
The safety of volunteers, residents and staff is the highest priority. All event staff will wear face coverings and participants are required to wear a face covering at the check-in locations. Please send one participant per group to pick up equipment. Due to COVID safety concerns, the post-clean up celebration at Northshore Park will not be held this year. Equipment return and t-shirt pickup will occur at check-in locations.
Pre-register before March 15th Pre-registration is encouraged before March 15th, especially for groups. Those who pre-register will receive a special 10-year anniversary t-shirt (while supplies last, sizes are limited). Day-of walk-up registration is also welcome.
Check-In and Equipment Return Locations Report to your chosen village park on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 8 to 10 a.m. to sign in and pick up disposable gloves, bags and maps to a cleanup site. A limited number of trash grabbers will be available for loan. Return equipment and bring bagged litter to the drop site at the same park by 11 a.m.
In light of the annual Earth Day GreenUp cancellation in March, the Township encourages individuals and family groups to organize their own cleanup on Saturday, September 5, 2020.
Help keep The Woodlands looking clean and green.
How Fall Sweep Works
Gather your family and ready your gloves, bags and outdoor gear for some community beautification.
Choose a location in the community in need of litter cleanup. Check out suggested sites below for ideas.
Cleanup litter along pathways and in the tree lines. Report large or hazardous items to the Township through the 311 App or by calling 281-210-3800 during normal business hours.
Dispose of full bags at home or in a park trash can. Tie your trash bags tightly to protect sanitation workers. Avoid causing more litter issues and take bags home if park trash cans are full.
Share your success by posting a photo on social media using #GreenUpFallSweep
Wear protective gear– Gloves and close-toed shoes
Follow COVID-19 guidelines – Wear gloves and maintain a 6’ distance. Bring a mask for passing within 6’ of others. If you encounter littered gloves and masks, please use care and review this guide for safety tips. Dispose of your single-use face masks and disposable gloves in a trash can (not a recycle can). Check out this resource by Keep Texas Beautiful for cleanup guidance during the pandemic.
Be prepared for the elements – Long pants, closed-toe shoes, hats, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and a reusable water bottle are recommended.
Sanitize when you’re done – Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer after collecting litter.
Be aware of wildlife –Observe from a distance. Watch where you step. Do not place hands in holes or brush piles.
Know poisonous plants– Poison ivy is common along pathways and inside tree lines. Touching leaves and stems can cause a painful rash. Remember leaves of three, leave it be! See image below.
Participants may choose their own cleanup locations. Parks, pathways and green spaces by businesses always need cleaning. Pay attention to tree lines to spot litter hiding under leaves and brush.
Litter Hot Spots
Find litter hot spots on www.Litterati.org or by using the app on your phone. Help us track litter in The Woodlands by snapping pictures and logging found litter in the app leading up to the event, during and after for future events!
Locations by Village
Find specific locations within each village. These are only suggestions only; you’re encouraged to clean up any public area in need.
Click on the map below for locations and directions
Why is litter a problem?
All litter, big and small, is not only unsightly, it has serious environmental consequences. Please dispose of waste properly, educate or report those seen littering and start the habit of picking it up when you see it.
Negative effects on our community:
Decreases community aesthetic, reducing property values.
Causes soil, water and air pollution. Chemicals can leach from litter, polluting nearby soil and water bodies. If the littered area is burned, it can release toxic particulate matter.
Creates breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can reproduce in containers as small as a bottle cap.
Causes fire hazards.
Harms wildlife.Aquatic and land animals ingest small pieces of litter and fishing line or other tanglers entrap them.
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There will be no interruption or delay of services over the Labor Day holiday. Waste Management will provide curbside pick-up of trash, recycling, and yard trimmings to all residents on their regularly scheduled service day, includingMonday, September 3, 2018.
Simple Recycling will also provide curbside textile recycling with no service interruption.
Solid waste services in the community will occur as usual over the Labor Day holiday.
If your holiday celebration generates more trash than the 96-gallon trash cart can hold, extra service tags are available for purchase for $1.75 each at Township offices, Kroger and Randalls. One pink service tag should be affixed to each plastic bag of household trash that will NOT fit into the trash cart.
As always, the only holidays that affect residential trash and recycling collection are New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
For more information about trash and recycling services, visit the Recycling and Solid Waste page on the website. To report missed pick-ups, please call Waste Management Customer Service at 800-800-5804.
The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department would like to thank the many generous GreenUp volunteers and sponsors for showing their commitment to keeping The Woodlands a clean, trash-free community for all to enjoy.