Why should I take care with litter?

With millions of visitors a year and heavy traffic on our beaches, trails and waterways we all need to “Pack It In and Pack It Out.”

At the beach: bottle caps, cigarette butts, diapers — you name it and volunteers picked it up the day after the 4th of July in 2014. Over 2,300 pounds of trash was removed by volunteers along five Tahoe Beaches. Why we all love to visit the shores of Lake Tahoe, we would like your trash to leave with you.

On the trails: keep the wilderness wild and pack out all your trash. Food scraps should be packed out too. Biodegradable materials, such as banana peels, orange rinds, or coffee grounds may seem natural enough, but will not disintegrate in this climate. Pack them out.

Cigarette Butts: no one wants to see your dirty butts! And if you think that by burying it in the sand that it goes away, SORRY, wrong. Please don’t flick off a chair lift, burry in the sand or toss it out your car window. Hold on to your butts until you can properly dispose in a trashcan.

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