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Media Contact:

Kelly Taft
Communications Manager
Maricopa Association of Governments
602-452-5020
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Litter Program Helping Change Behavior, Awareness
Recent Survey Indicates Don’t Trash Arizona Messaging Making Impact Among Primary Litterers

PHOENIX (November 12, 2014) – A recent survey of Maricopa County residents has revealed that the Don’t Trash Arizona campaign, sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), is inspiring litterers to make changes in the way they discard trash. Data collected as part of the survey indicate that over the past year, the target audience has become more aware of the Don’t Trash Arizona campaign, its anti-littering messaging, and the harmful effects litter has on the environment. Read More…

2014 Litter Evaluation Survey


Scottsdale Kids Get Tough On Trash
New PSA Unveiled at Press Conference July 22

PHOENIX (July 14, 2014) – Littering is dangerous, disappointing and disgusting, at least according to some pretty savvy Scottsdale kids. Participants who completed the Don’t Trash Arizona, Kids! outreach campaign this summer are featured in a new public service announcement (PSA) that will be unveiled at a press conference Tuesday, July 22. The kids are leaving the educational program with strong opinions about litter, how it affects the environment, and how to prevent it from happening all together. Read More…


Monsoon Caution: Beware of Roadway Litter

PHOENIX (June 25, 2014) – Monsoon storms may bring welcome rain, but strong winds can also whip up trash and other debris along our Valley roadways. Not only is litter unsightly, it also can be dangerous. Roadway debris is responsible for 25,000 accidents nationwide every year, and there are an average 100 crashes each year on regional freeways involving thrown or fallen objects. Read More…


Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale Members Compete in Contest Demonstrating Trashy Problems

PHOENIX (April 14, 2014) – They are future adults, future motorists, and the future solution for clean Arizona highways. But for the present, select Arizona youth can be effective spokespersons for the Don’t Trash Arizona anti-littering campaign. Don’t Trash Arizona is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale to launch an educational program and contest. The “Don’t Trash Arizona, Kids!” contest will educate, spark creativity and inspire participants. Read More…


Earth Month: Help Maricopa County Be Litter-Free This April

PHOENIX (March 5, 2014) – April is known for spring showers, a day of foolery, and more recently, support for a sustainable environment. Named as “Earth Month” for 44 years, April serves as a reminder to protect the environment. One easy solution is to simply refrain from littering. The Maricopa Association of Governments’ (MAG) Don’t Trash Arizona campaign urges drivers in the Valley to make a difference this Earth Month, and every other day of the year, by committing to be litter-free. Read More…


Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Litterbugs
Give the Gift of Anti-Littering for Repeat Trash Offenders

PHOENIX (Dec. 20, 2013)- ‘Tis the season for garland, gifts…and a whole lot of excess waste. Americans produce 25 percent more trash in the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than the rest of the year. This year fill stockings with fun and functional gifts, perfect for breaking the habits of litterbugs. The Maricopa Association of Governments’ (MAG) anti-littering campaign, Don’t Trash Arizona, has created a list (and checked it twice) of presents that will keep Arizona’s desert trash-free. Read More…


Maricopa County Litterers More Aware of Environmental Concerns and Solutions
Recent survey shows increase in awareness of Don’t Trash Arizona messages among primary litterers

PHOENIX (October 29, 2013) – A recent survey of Maricopa County residents revealed that the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Don’t Trash Arizona campaign has had a positive impact on the primary litterers in the region, with most of them acknowledging littering as a problem and being aware of anti-littering messages and solutions. Read More…

2013 Litter Evaluation Survey


Don’t Trash Arizona Makes Litter Education Fun for Kids Returning to School
Anti-Litter Campaign Website Provides Teaching Resources, Crafts and Games

PHOENIX (October 8, 2013) – Learning about litter can be fun, while at the same time having a profound impact on our children now and in the future. With students back in school, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) wants to “talk trash” through its Don’t Trash Arizona program and a redesigned website that connects to students on their level. Read More…


Don’t Trash Arizona Offers Tips for Staying Safe This Monsoon
Drivers reminded of the dangers of freeway litter and debris

PHOENIX (August 9, 2013) – School is out, the sun is shining and the sweet adventures of summertime are finally upon us. The perfect time to say ‘goodbye’ to stresses and ‘hello’ to wide open highways, the road trip season means motorists are out in full force and Arizona’s roadways are experiencing the effects. Read More…


Top 10 List of Most Dangerous Highway Debris:
Don’t Trash Arizona Cautions Motorists to Secure Loads

PHOENIX (July 8, 2013) – Litter is not only ugly and unhealthy, but perhaps more importantly, it is unsafe. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, falling debris from unsecured loads is responsible for nearly 25,000 accidents each year in North America, resulting in nearly 90 fatalities annually. The Maricopa Association of Governments’ (MAG) anti-littering campaign, Don’t Trash Arizona, conducted in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation, has released the list of the top ten most common types of dangerous debris found on Valley highways: Read More…

View the Top 10 Infographic


Top Littered Item Causing Immediate Danger to Communities
Don’t Trash Arizona Advocates for Proper Disposal of Cigarette Butts for Safety

PHOENIX (June 6, 2013) – Cigarette butts may be small, but they can create big problems. According to the National Fire Prevention Agency, about 90,000 fires are caused annually in the United States by cigarettes. Cigarette-induced fires cost hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in property damage every year. They pose hazards to the environment not only due to wildfire danger but also because the toxic chemicals in littered cigarettes can seep into our water supply and pose health threats. The Maricopa Association of Governments’ (MAG) anti-littering campaign, Don’t Trash Arizona, reminds motorists of the dangers of littered cigarette butts during Arizona’s dry summer season. Read More…


Hit the Road with Safe, Fun and Litter-Free Summer Trips

Don’t Trash Arizona Offers Tips for Keeping Highways Clean

PHOENIX (May 13, 2013) – School is out, the sun is shining and the sweet adventures of summertime are finally upon us. The perfect time to say ‘goodbye’ to stresses and ‘hello’ to wide open highways, the road trip season means motorists are out in full force and Arizona’s roadways are experiencing the effects. Read More…


Biodegradable? Don’t Toss it Out the Window! Don’t Trash Arizona Reminds Motorists: Apples, Oranges, Bananas Are Still Litter

PHOENIX (February 28, 2013) – You may like to “eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas” as the kid’s song goes, but don’t throw those items out the window or risk a $500 littering fine. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)’s anti-littering campaign, Don’t Trash Arizona, wants to remind motorists that biodegradable trash is still litter and should be discarded properly in a garbage receptacle. Read More…


Five Ways to Make Anti-Littering Your New Year’s Resolution
PHOENIX (January 31, 2013) – Don’t Trash Arizona is encouraging Maricopa County residents to make their New Year’s Resolution a promise to make 2013 litter free. The Maricopa Association of Government’s (MAG) anti-littering campaign offers tools and tips to help keep an anti-littering resolution. Read More…


Tips for Secured Vehicle Loads During Post-Holiday Clean Up
PHOENIX (December 18, 2012) – As the holiday season comes to a close, it is time to store the decorations, take down the tree and greet the new year. Throughout Maricopa County, there are several locations for residents to drop off their Christmas trees for recycling, and Don’t Trash Arizona wants to ensure that the trees arrive at these sites without littering the freeways, becoming a dangerous road hazard. The Maricopa Association of Government’s (MAG) anti-littering campaign offers tips for transporting trees safely and securely on the region’s highways. Read More…


Littering of Cups, Cans and Butts Decreases in Maricopa County
PHOENIX (October 19, 2012) – A recent survey commissioned by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) finds that Maricopa County residents who admit to littering soda cans, bottles and cigarette butts decreased by half from the previous year, while the number of admitted litterers who littered while driving decreased by 16 percent. Read More…

2012 Litter Evaluation Survey

2012 Litter Evaluation Survey – Infographic


Don’t Trash Arizona Offers Tips for Safe College Move-Ins
PHOENIX (August 17, 2012) – It’s the start of a new school year and for college-bound students, that means it’s time to move into dorms and apartments. Arizona State University’s move-in days for campus residents start Friday, Aug. 17, and Valley residents will soon be seeing cars and trucks filled with suitcases, boxes, TVs, mini fridges, and more traveling down our freeways. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Don’t Trash Arizona campaign offers tips for students and parents to keep the roadways litter-free and safe from falling debris during college move-ins. Read More…


Monsoon Storms Sweep Litter and Dangerous Debris Across Valley Freeways
PHOENIX (August 1, 2012) – From monsoon rainstorms to desert haboobs, the summer months signify the onset of Arizona’s storm season. The seasonal rainfall and sweeping winds add to the litter across the Valley’s freeways and can even leave unhealthy impacts to residents and the environment, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the organization behind the “No Cups, Cans or Butts – Don’t Trash Arizona” initiative. Read More…


Don’t Trash Arizona Featured on KPHO CBS 5 News Discussing the Connection Between the Improper Disposal of Cigarette Butts and Fire Hazards
PHOENIX (June 20, 2012) – One, seemingly small, bad decision blew up in a big way this week. Kelly Taft with Don’t Trash Arizona shares with KPHO CBS 5 News how to dispose of cigarette butts carefully to avoid finding yourself in a situation, like the one in Gilbert. Read More…


Plan A Trash-Free Road Trip This Summer: Don’t Trash Arizona Anti-Litter Campaign Offers Tips for Keeping Highways Clean
PHOENIX (June 20, 2012) – Summer is the season when the wide open highway calls to many Arizonans, beckoning them to a road trip adventure. It’s also when the state’s roadways take an extra beating from the paper litter, cigarette butts and blown-out tire treads that can accumulate when motorists don’t take time to plan ahead, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the organization behind the powerful “No Cups, Cans or Butts – Don’t Trash Arizona” initiative. Read More…


Biodegradable Trash is Still Litter: New Don’t Trash Arizona Anti-Litter Campaign Urges Motorists to Clean Up their Act
PHOENIX (May 24, 2012) – When in doubt, don’t throw it out. Even litter that’s considered “biodegradable” can take years to decompose, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), which recently launched the “No Cups, Cans or Butts – Don’t Trash Arizona” initiative. Read More…


Arizona Infielder Ryan Roberts Launches New Anti-Litter Campaign: No Cups, Cans or Butts. Don’t Trash Arizona!
PHOENIX (February 23, 2012) – The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) kicked off its new anti-littering campaign today with the help of Arizona third baseman Ryan “Tatman” Roberts and Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, unveiling a powerful “No Cups, Cans or Butts—Don’t Trash Arizona” initiative. The new campaign emphasizes three of the most frequently tossed trash items on freeways and features a simplified yet bold new logo. Read More…


Don’t Trash Arizona Hosts Event to Unveil 2012 Campaign and Celebrity Spokesperson: February 23rd Event Features Arizona Baseball Player Ryan Roberts
PHOENIX (February 15, 2012) – With a goal of eliminating highway littering in the region, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is unveiling a new Don’t Trash Arizona ad campaign that will target litterers with a new theme, a refreshed look, and a new celebrity spokesman: Arizona professional baseball player Ryan “Tatman” Roberts. Read More…


Most Common Litter: Biodegradable Trash, Small Paper, Cigarette Butts
PHOENIX (Nov. 3, 2011) – Before you toss that cigarette butt or apple core out the car window, consider this: It might stay there for years, attracting other litter, injuring wildlife, and impacting our economy by driving away tourists and business. Yet an annual survey conducted by Westgroup Research on behalf of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) finds that biodegradable food items, small pieces of paper, and cigarette butts continue to top the list of the most commonly littered items in Maricopa County.  Read More…


2011 Litter Evaluation Survey


Call for Entries for Design-A-Litterbag Contest

PHOENIX (Sept. 15, 2011) – Budding high school artists in Maricopa County will have the opportunity to showcase their creativity while helping the environment through a Design-A-Litterbag Contest being launched today by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). The contest is being conducted as part of the Don’t Trash Arizona litter prevention program, and seeks to engage teenaged drivers and high school students in a fun way while informing them about the negative impacts of litter on Valley freeways. Read More…


Governor Proclaims July 1 Don’t Trash Arizona! Day

On July 1, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer proclaimed the day as Don’t Trash Arizona Day. This momentous day not only recognized the 5th anniversary of the Don’t Trash Arizona Program, it also kicked-off the long Fourth of July holiday when many families are known to hit the road. However, the Fourth of July isn’t the only time during the summer that Arizonans travel; every weekend gives us great reason to take a road trip. Unfortunately, more time spent on Valley roadways can result in more litter. So while July 1, and our official day has passed, we ask that as you travel our freeways you treat every day as Don’t Trash Arizona Day!

PHOENIX (June 29, 2011) – In recognition of five years of litter education and prevention efforts to reduce litter on our state and regional highways, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has proclaimed July 1, 2011, as Don’t Trash Arizona! Day. Read More…


Survey Shows Don’t Trash Arizona Program Picking Up Momentum

PHOENIX (Feb. 28, 2011) – Maricopa County residents are recording positive changes in their levels of awareness and behavior when it comes to reducing litter, with 74 percent reporting they did not litter at all during the previous 12-month period. Those are among the findings of an annual survey conducted for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) late last year as part of the Don’t Trash Arizona Litter Prevention and Education Program. Read More…


Keep America Beautiful Announces Results of Nation’s Largest Study of Litter and Littering Behavior

WASHINGTON – (Dec. 3, 2009) – National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (www.kab.org) has announced the results of the largest litter study ever conducted in the U.S. The study identifies and dissects the causes, effects and costs of litter in America, and is the first major national survey of litter in the U.S. in 40 years.
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Teens Can be Litter Police in Online
Don’t Trash Arizona!
Web Game

PHOENIX (April 22, 2009) – The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) has launched a new interactive Web game that promotes anti-littering behavior and safety messages while keeping users entertained and coming back for more. The interactive game, Litter Patrol Arcade, targets teenagers in an effort to teach them the consequences of freeway littering before or about the time they get their driver’s licenses. Content is anchored in information from experts in anti-litter prevention and education.
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Don’t Trash Arizona!
Awarded PRSA’s Silver Anvil Award of Excellence

Anti-Litter Campaign Earns National Recognition for Innovation and Creativity

NEW YORK (June 16, 2009) —
Don’t Trash Arizona,
an anti-litter campaign conducted jointly by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), has received a Silver Anvil Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding strategic public relations planning and implementation, was presented to the agencies during the Silver Anvil Awards Evening held June 4 in New York City. Also recognized for the campaign was RIESTER, which assists MAG in the implementation of the campaign.
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Super Bowl Week Message:
Don’t Trash Arizona

 50,000 Litter Bags Distributed to Visitors at Event and in Rental Cars

PHOENIX (Jan. 25, 2008) – More than 150,000 tourists are expected to converge on the Valley for Super Bowl XLII. With this exposure comes a unique opportunity to show visitors the unparalleled beauty that only Arizona offers. Proponents of the Don’t Trash Arizona! campaign hope to use the week to remind residents and visitors alike to help us maintain that beauty by keeping our roadways clean.
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Anti-Trash Costume Bash Features Recyclable Costumes

 

Competition Encourages Students:
Don’t Trash Arizona!

PHOENIX (Oct. 21, 2007) – Arizona State University (ASU) students will be dressing up in some pretty trashy costumes this Halloween. To promote litter-free highways and to spread the message, “Don’t Trash Arizona,” ASU students will compete in an “Anti-Trash Costume Bash” featuring costumes made almost completely from recyclable materials.
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Resources:


Litter Fact Sheet (pdf)

Arizona Clean and Beautiful Adopt a Highway Litter Information Project
Top Ten comparison
(PDF)

Top 10 Hot Spots Press Conference
Agenda – English/Spanish
(PDF)

Don’t Trash AZ – Brochure (PDF)

Don’t Trash AZ – Brochure – Spanish (PDF)

Top 10 Litter Hot Spots Report (PDF)

Top 10 Litter Hot Spots Map (PDF)


Related Links:

Keep Arizona Beautiful
Web site