Keep a lookout for hazards around you (such as cars, other people)
Do not walk on roadways, steep hills, embankments, wooded areas, or uneven ground
Do not wade into the water to retrieve items
Be aware of people and animals present in the area
Only pick up litter during daylight hours
Do not trespass on private property
If found, report the following to 311:
Sharp items, including needles and broken glass
Syringes or other drug paraphernalia
Heavy and oversized items
Avoid injury to yourself by:
Not compressing garbage or reaching into containers with hands or feet
Ensuring that proper lifting techniques are used
Not picking up heavy or oversized items
Have a Plan For Emergencies
Be sure that your emergency contacts are in your phone and that it is fully charged before you start a litter pick up. If you are in an area with limited cellular reception, work with a partner or have another available means of communication.
Always remain calm and take the appropriate action based on your situation.
Live Chat Online, Text (INFO) or Call 211:
If you or someone you encounter are experiencing challenges as a result of poverty, violence, and/or mental illness and require social support assistance.
If you are feeling faint or dizzy
If you have sustained a minor injury like a needle prick, cut, or muscle sprain
If you are experiencing a medical emergency
If you become seriously injured
If you ﬁnd yourself in a dangerous situation
After Your Litter Pick Up
Dispose of Garbage Bags
Ensure the proper disposal of the bags that have been used during your clean up.
Dispose of your garbage bags in one of the following ways:
Place bags in your residential garbage
Place bags in a city garbage can; please do not dispose of any bags in dumpsters
Leave bags in an area accessible by vehicle and contact 311 with the location
Ensure cleanliness once you have completed your litter pick up.
We recommend that you:
Disinfect the litter grabber thoroughly (if used)
Wash your hands thoroughly and ensure that affected clothing is cleaned or laundered