Welcome to our cause!

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by and checked out Spruce Up Acushnet, a citizen-based organization dedicated to litter cleanup and prevention in our town.

The best way to resolve a litter problem is by changing behaviors and attitudes towards littering, and by creating litter awareness in the population. To help combat litter in our town and keep it beautiful, Spruce Up Acushnet has created focus areas that include regular cleanups, advocacy, and more!  


  • 80% of all litter is intentional.
  • The most common types of litter are food and fast food litter and cigarette butts.
  • 92% of people who litter do not believe they will be caught.
  • People under 30 tend to litter more than people over 30.
  • People litter more in areas that are already littered.

There are seven primary sources of litter:

  1. Motorists
  2. Pedestrians
  3. Household trash handling
  4. Dumpsters used by businesses
  5. Loading docks
  6. Construction and demolition sites
  7. Trucks with uncovered loads

Litter is blown about by the wind and traffic or carried by water. It moves until trapped by a curb, building or fence. Once litter has accumulated, it invites people to add more.


Research has found that people litter because:

  • They feel no sense of ownership, even though areas such as parks and beaches are public property
  • They believe someone else—a park maintenance or highway worker, a business owner—will pick up after them
  • Litter has already accumulated


Last year, local, state, and federal governments spent more than $12 billion picking up litter. Tax dollars should be spent on more important services.

Clean communities also have a better chance of attracting new businesses and more tourists than those where litter is common.


It takes a community to keep a town clean. Here are a few ideas you can share with your family and friends.

  • DON’T LITTER! Set a good example for your children, friends and neighbors.
  • Use a litter bag in your car instead of tossing it out the window.
  • At home, secure the lids on your trash and recycling containers, especially on collection day.
  • Secure loads and remove trash from the back of your pickup truck.
  • If you smoke, NEVER throw your cigarette butts on the ground.
  • Clean up after your dog. Carry a plastic bag when walking your dog.
  • If you see litter, pick it up. If each person picks up one piece of trash each day, at the end of the year you will have picked up 365 pieces of trash!
  • Business owners can provide trash receptacles at entrances and be sure their dumpsters are closed.

Join our community litter removal and prevention project — Spruce Up Acushnet

Litter facts from Don't Trash Wareham.