You’ve seen the images on the news and on your social media feeds. Sad looking or deceased sea animals tangled up in plastic and other garbage. As a response, environmental activists have urged consumers to skip the plastic straws, to use reusable grocery bags, to cut up soda can plastic rings, and so on.
While we can encourage more eco-friendly habits from our community members, the litter that exists needs to be taken care of. Have you ever thought of being more environmentally responsible by using a street sweeping service? We have! Whether you’re a municipality leader seeking to enhance your local area’s reputation or a property manager seeking to improve appearances, all types of industries and communities can benefit from regular sweeping.
A major issue street and parking lot sweeping helps to address is litter clean-up. Unfortunately, an astonishing 91% of plastic doesn’t get recycled.¹ According to Keep America Beautiful, “along roads and highways, motorists generate 52.2% of litter and pedestrians 17.5%.”² Storm drains are on the top of the list when it comes to where litter builds up. They are designed to manage excess rainwater but often become clogged with small items such as fast food wrappers. When it comes to construction sites, 69% of litter found at residential and commercial build sites comes from workers.³ The bottom line is that no matter where you are, there is litter.
What Sweeping Does for the Environment
Hiring a sweeper to take care of your property, parking lot, streets, construction site, and other projects is a comprehensive action towards improving your environmental impact. Reilly Sweeping employees are trained to tackle debris both small and large. When our state-of-the-art sweeping trucks can’t reach walkways and transition areas our operators have handheld equipment to ensure every surface is left clean and clear. Sweeping not only helps beautify an area, it also helps prevent more sea animals from ingesting debris that makes its way into bodies of water from storm drain runoff. When all is said and done, sweeping is a proactive and preventative action to combat litter and can boost your eco-friendly agenda and reputation.
To learn more about how Reilly Sweeping can help your business or property become more environmentally responsible visit Our Services page.