Wednesday, May 7, 2014

It's Water-Wise Wednesday with Frannie the Fish! {Picking up Trash}

This week was a special week for Frannie. Some of her Girl Scout friends came to visit her at the Groundwater Foundation office! Together, Frannie and the Girl Scouts spent time protecting the environment and our precious groundwater resources by picking up litter along a trail near Frannie's home.

Litter can leach into the soil and pollute our groundwater! Picking up litter and properly disposing of it can help protect our water resources.

Frannie and the Girl Scouts also discussed if the different pieces of litter they found could be reused, recycled, composted, or thrown away.

Here is how Frannie and the Girl Scouts classified some of the litter they picked-up:
A Wheel
Styrofoam Packaging
Hard Plastic Cup
Sidewalk Chalk
Plastic Water Bottle
Pop Can
Glass Bottle
Banana Peel
Cigarette Butts
Candy Wrapper

Frannie and the Girl Scouts also found some plastic grocery bags and medicine on the ground! These items need to be brought to a special location to be properly disposed. Plastic grocery bags are accepted at many grocery stores, and most Pharmacists will properly dispose of medicines for you.

To spread the word about how important it is to protect our groundwater resources, Frannie and the Girl Scouts finished their time together by making posters to share with others!
Do you want to help protect groundwater by picking up litter? Here are some important notes to remember:
  • Always wear gloves when you are picking up litter. Never touch litter with your bare hands.
  • If you would like to reuse a piece of litter, make sure to thoroughly clean it first.
  • Be safe! Always have a buddy and watch out for cars if you are near a road.
  • Most importantly - have fun!