Cleaning Up Litter
County residents dump an average of 50,000 lbs. of trash a year on our local county roads.

Starting in July of 1998, with grant monies from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Whatcom County Solid Waste Division has taken part in a program to help clean up litter from our trails and county roads. The Public Works Department already had a volunteer Adopt-A-Road program in place, and with the help of the Adult Correction Program, all of our roads are now systematically cleaned on a rotating basis.

Adopt-A-Road volunteers can be anyone from neighborhoods to church or employee groups, scout troops, or anyone who wants to pick up litter in a specific area.

In addition, community groups in Birch Bay, Point Roberts, and other areas have biannual clean up events, all with time donated by volunteers.

"You Otter Not Litter!"
Another component of the litter clean up program is education. Because one of our local “critters” lives in many of Whatcom County’s local waterways and can become extremely ill or eventually die from litter thrown into its habitat, Solid Waste staff was inspired to adopt the otter to help educate local children about litter.

For more information on any of these programs, call 360-778-6000. And remember, You Otter Not Litter!