- Pick up Litter on a Hike: On your street, in your park, on a trail, along the river. Go someplace, with a bag, and pick up trash. It’s going to happen, so let’s prepare for it. You can do your litter-free hike leading up to the eclipse, on Monday, an after everyone leaves. It will all be necessary in certain areas. SOLVE is hosting clean up events around the state on Tuesday, including 2 in Madras. Consider sticking around and helping out.
- Pack It In, Pack It Out: Heading to a campground, festival, or one of the many eclipse-related events in the area? Since you’re local, just plan to bring your trash home. There are only so many dumpsters and cans to go around, so why add to an overflowing can? Pack some black garbage bags for trash, clear ones for recycling, and green Bottle Drop bags for your bottle and can deposits. (And shop with this in mind.)
- Prevent Waste: Whatever your plans – emergency preparedness, camping, or festival style – leave the cases of water bottles at Costco and opt to fill up big jugs of water from home. Now is a great time to buy some if you don’t already have these in your camping gear bin.
- Share Resources: We have flyers clarifying what goes in recycling and what goes in our landfill, and this may be helpful to your neighbor, a stranger, or for a vacation rental or an event. Here is a link to our “Recycle This” & “Landfill This” flyers, with detailed images for home/office use, as well as our NEW event flyers with more simplified images for a public space or event. Print some out and post them where needed!
If you can commit to doing at least one of these things in the next 10 days, please join our Facebook virtual event, “attend” and share with your local network of Facebook friends. If you have more ideas to help out our community during this time, please add them in the comments!