Pack It Out Utah Statewide Cleanup

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    Pack It Out Utah - Utah's First Statewide Trails & Waterways Cleanup

     

    Results for 2020:

    Thank you to everyone who participated in Utah's first statewide cleanup. We truly appreciate your great work. Your efforts help improve water quality and take care of our beautiful state. We need caring Utahns like all of you to help make a difference! Stay tuned for the second statewide cleanup in 2021!

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    Join us for Utah's first statewide trails and waterways cleanup!

    Utah’s public lands experienced a surge of outdoor recreation this year. While more people enjoying the great outdoors is inspiring, unfortunately, it has led to an increase in garbage ending up on trails, parks, neighborhoods, and eventually, in our waterways. Local governments and nonprofits across Utah are partnering to host a statewide cleanup event to remove garbage from public lands and help improve our waterways. The idea is to encourage people across the state to take initiative and act as stewards of our watersheds and public lands. By collecting trash, participants will help improve water quality and the health of the surrounding ecosystems.

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    When: October 31 – November 8, 2020

     

    Where: Utah – Statewide

    Check out our map of suggested locations to collect trash. Sites are still being added.

    You can also collect trash in your neighborhood, a local park, or waterway. Anywhere trash is collected will have a positive impact on water quality and your local environment.

     

    How to Get Involved

    Sign up here. This will help us track how many awesome participants join the first-ever statewide Utah cleanup. Plus, everyone that signs up for our event will automatically be entered to win prizes for participating in the cleanup!

     

    Volunteers can track the trash they collect two ways: 

    1. Download the Ocean Conservancy's Clean Swell app to record the type and weight of the trash you collect.clean-swell-app
    • Set up an account.
    • Click "Start Collecting", enter your cleanup info, then record the trash you collect.
    • When you're done, click "Done Collecting", then review and submit your data.
    • Send a screenshot of your results or forward the summary email you receive to waterquality@usu.edu.
    • Dispose of the trash you collected properly in an appropriate container or at a waste disposal site. When possible, remember to recycle.
    • Share your results and encourage others to participate!

     

    1. Download and print out our Trash Collection Data Sheet to record the trash you collect.trash-collection-data-sheet
    • While you collect trash, fill in the data sheet*.
    • When you're done, use a scale or your best estimate to record the total weight of the trash you collected.
    • Scan or take a photo of your completed data sheet and send it to waterquality@usu.edu.
    • Dispose of the trash you collected properly in an appropriate container or at a waste disposal site. When possible, remember to recycle.
    • Share your results and encourage others to participate!

    *You can submit your total final weight of trash collected and do not have to track each piece of trash separately. Our data sheet offers the option of tracking each piece of trash to help volunteers estimate the total weight if they do not have access to a scale. You may also participate in a group and send in the total weight of trash collected as a group.

     

     

    Share Your Results & Get Others to Join!piou-2

    Take photos and video of your trash collection progress. Share it on social media to encourage others to take initiative and act as stewards of our watersheds and public lands. Let's show Utah some love, after the busy recreation season, by collecting as much trash as possible from our public lands and waterways!

    Use #PackItOutUtah2020 on social media or send your results to us via email at waterquality@usu.edu to help us track how much trash is collected statewide.

    Here are some ways you can share your results:

    1. Share before and after photos of your cleanup site.
    2. Share a selfie or photos of your cleanup progress.
    3. Upload data to the Clean Swell app and share a screenshot of your final results.
    4. Film a short video at your trash collection site explaining why it’s important to keep our waterways clean and share.

    When you share, let us know the location, so we can track which areas of the state have been cleaned up!

     

    Trash Disposal

    Collecting trash is only part of the work. Disposing the trash properly is just as important! When possible, remember to recycle.

    There are two ways to dispose of trash:

    1. Throw the trash away in your at-home garbage can.
      • When possible, sort out any recyclable items and throw them into a recycling bin before disposing of trash.
    2. Find a local garbage/waste disposal facility. Check out our map for some suggested waste disposal locations.
      • If you are taking the trash to a local facility, make sure to research and/or contact the facility first to be sure you can bring and dispose of the trash at that location.

     

    Safety Considerations:

    • Be prepared for working in an outside environment. Wear layers and bring sunscreen, water, and hand sanitizer.
    • Wear gloves or use a tool like a shovel or grabber while picking up trash.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly when done.
    • Do not pick up any items that may be dangerous (broken glass, rusty metal, needles, medications, etc.).
    • Be careful and aware of your surrounds when picking up trash near roads and waterways. Potential hazards to look out for include poisonous plants, fishing line and hooks, animals holes, tripping hazards, barbed wire, and sharp items such as glass or needles.
    • Respect living things and private property boundaries while collecting trash. Do not throw away others' possessions, including items considered the possession of transients or located in homeless encampments.

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    COVID-19 Precautions: Follow your current local health guidelines. These guidelines may include maintaining 6 feet of distance from individuals who are not part of your household whenever possible and wearing a face covering when social distancing is difficult to maintain consistently. Remember to bring hand sanitizer and wash hands thoroughly after returning home.

     

    Participating with Kids? Watch a Clean-up Demonstration & Learn from a Water Expert

    Join a virtual community to share your experience through photos, reflections, and data.
    Learn from teacher, Ms. Cat, as she demonstrates how to clean-up trash at a reservoir in Moab, Utah. Plus, have your questions answered by expert water-nerd, Hope, from the Utah Water Watch program at Utah State University!
     
    Participate on the platform to earn a 'water bender' sticker, especially fun for kids!

     

     

    Prizes donated by:

    Thank you to all the companies and organizations who donated prizes!

     

    Thank You to Our Partners!

    This event is made possible thanks to the support of many amazing partner organizations statewide. A huge thank you to all our partners! This would not be possible without you. We're still adding partners daily!

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