In order to enhance the quality of our parks, the City of San Benito’s Parks and Recreation Department encourages volunteers and donors to assist with the preservation and maintenance of landscaped areas and the general upkeep and repair of equipment and facilities.
By maintaining and protecting our neighborhood parks, open spaces and waterways in San Benito, we protect our natural resources and preserve habitat required for the survival of diverse species. Adopt-A-Park helps to provide safe environments for recreation and strengthens our community image and sense of place. Our well-maintained and enjoyable parks attract and retain businesses, residents, and tourists while providing space for recreational and leisure activities.
Why do People Litter?
Research by Keep America Beautiful, Inc. found that people
- they feel no sense of ownership, even though areas such as
- parks and beaches are public property.
- they believe someone else—a park maintenance or
- highway worker—will pick up after them.
Motorists and pedestrians are often blamed for litter. There
are actually seven primary sources:
- household trash handling and its placement at the curb
- for collection
- dumpsters used by businesses
- loading docks
- construction and demolition sites
- trucks with uncovered loads
It moves until trapped by a curb, building or fence. Once
litter has accumulated, it invites people to add more
L i t t e r a n d Yo u r Ta xe s
Litter is a costly problem. Highway departments spend
millions of tax dollars and many hours annually picking up
litter—money and time needed for more important services.
Local, state, and federal governments also spend money
removing litter left by careless park visitors.
Clean communities also have a better chance of attracting
new businesses than those where litter is common.
What Can You Do?
- Set an example for others, especially children, by not littering.
- Carry a litter-bag in your car.
- Make sure trash cans have lids that can be securely fastened.
- If you have curbside trash collection, don’t put loose trash in boxes.
- Tie papers in a bundle before placing them in a curbside recycling bin.
- If you own a business, check dumpsters daily to see that top and side doors are closed.
- If you or a member of your family is involved in a civic group,
- encourage the group to “adopt” a spot in your town and maintain it on a regular basis
- Make litter-bags for your bicycle, and give them to your friends, too.
- Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage and office, and ask that the material be removed.
- Volunteer to help organize a cleanup