HomeCommunitySix tips to preserve and protect the outdoors this summer

Six tips to preserve and protect the outdoors this summer

(This story is sponsored by Caltrans and Clean California)

Summer is here, and many Californians are headed out to enjoy the warmer weather and
wonders of the outdoors with friends and family. Before recreating outside, be sure to think
about your impact and do your part to keep public lands clean to protect the natural

Caltrans, Clean California, and California State Parks recommend a few simple tips to help keep
public spaces and communities safe and free from litter and debris:    

 Pack it in, pack it out. Leave no trace by bringing a trash bag, especially if visiting a
remote area. Put food waste, napkins, single-use food wrappers, and other waste in the
bags until it can be properly disposed of. For human waste, the use of waste alleviation
gel (WAG) bags or other portable toilet options is recommended. WAG bags can be
safely disposed of in regular trash receptacles.

 Choose reusable over single-use items. Reusable containers keep harmful toxins out
of our water and community recreation areas and are more cost-efficient in the long run.
If you do use cans or plastic bottles, be sure to properly recycle them to help mitigate
their impact. 

 Pick up small, littered items to make a big impact. Keep an eye out for bottle caps,
food wrappers, cigarette butts, and other small items and be sure to properly dispose of

 Properly dispose of large items, such as pop-up canopies, beach chairs, and
coolers. Leaving these items on the beach or in a park or near a trash receptacle may
be considered illegal dumping. Please haul back broken items and dispose of them
properly at a local garbage site.

 Secure your load. Whether you live nearby or are traveling to reach your destination, be
sure to properly tarp and tie down items in truck beds, trailers, and boats to ensure items
make it to your destination and do not fly out during the trip.

 Prevent wildfires and toxic pollution. The hotter and drier climate in the summer
makes for optimal conditions for wildfires. Litter adds to this problem, especially cigarette
butts, as they can start and fuel the spread of wildfire. Litter, when burned, can also
release toxins into the environment, harming wildlife and nearby communities. Do your
part to properly dispose of all items.

More tips are available online at CleanCA.com. Before heading outside, do a little research on
your destination to scope out trails, reserve picnic areas and campsites, and pack belongings
accordingly. To find a state park close to you, visit Parks.ca.gov.

AsAmNews is published by the non-profit, Asian American Media Inc. Follow us on FacebookX, InstagramTikTok and YouTube. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our efforts to produce diverse content about the AAPI communities. We are supported in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library in partnership with the California Department of Social Services and the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs as part of the Stop the Hate program. To report a hate incident or hate crime and get support, go to CA vs Hate.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Worth the Time

Must Read

Regular Features


Discover more from AsAmNews

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading