Litter and Marine Debris

Much more than an eyesore

Litter and marine debris are a serious environmental problem. They are often confused with food, resulting in malnutrition, entanglement, or strangulation.


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Even the smallest bits of trash can be harmful. For example, cigarette butts flow into storm drains, then directly to our rivers and streams. The chemicals they retain are released as they flow downstream to the ocean. Just as troubling, cigarette butts, tiny bits of plastic, and other trash are readily eaten by marine life. If we eat seafood, we may also ingest these contaminants. 

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You Can Help

Volunteer

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The time and energy you spend volunteering with SOLVE has a huge impact on Oregon's environment. In the last year alone, SOLVE volunteers picked up 365,000 pounds of trash, with over 7.5 MILLION pounds of trash picked up over the last 10 years. Your hard work keeps our neighborhoods and natural areas clean.

Pick It Up

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Pick up trash whenever you see it. Remember that the small pieces are often the most harmful, because birds don't eat tires!

Educate and Inform

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Without preaching, explain to others about the need to pick up litter. If necessary, remind folks that littering is a crime, with the strongest penalties for littering near waterways. Inform law enforcement agencies about violators immediately.

 

 

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