22on22 Campaign

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Our community has taken huge strides to reduce, reuse and recycle. We have extensive recycling and garbage collection systems in place. Unfortunately, we are still seeing an alarming rate of litter on land in our community.

Once garbage generated on land enters our waterways, it is referred to as aquatic trash. Not only is aquatic trash an unsightly pollutant but creates a long list of problems. For example:

  • Cleaning it up can be expensive for communities and their residents.
  • Can be a breeding ground for bacteria and pests that can spread disease to humans.
  • Clogs up the flow of water that can result in localized flooding.
  • Negatively impacts local economies that rely on the fishing industry for employment, income, and tourism.
  • Plastics are degrading in microplastics that have environmental impacts

Garbage that originates on land has the potential to make its way to our rivers/streams/lakes in various ways.

Storm Drains: Rain washes trash from paved surfaces

  • Overflowing or uncovered trash bins
  • Spills from garbage collection
  • Litter from outdoor events, around businesses and public transit stops

Dumping: Illegal dumping of waste

  • Dumping of household waste, tires, and appliances on land or in a stream
  • Illegal encampments near water

Wind: Strong gusts of air moves litter

  • Along highway on/off ramps
  • Litter from uncovered truck beds and other moving vehicles

Tired of seeing our community and water resources getting trashed?

Take the 22on22 Pledge below!

22on22 Pledge Form

  1. Litter is a problem in Newton that negatively affects our land and water. We are not alone, as many communities across Iowa have this issue. 

    We are ready be part of the solution to stop litter pollution by working with businesses and residents who care enough to take ACTION!  

    Start by taking the 22on22 Pledge and agree to the following:  

    • I pledge to pick up 22 pieces of litter near my home, work, or place of recreation on the 22nd of each month.
    • I pledge to dispose of trash only in intended receptacles.
    • I pledge to secure items in my vehicle so that they do not become litter on the highway. 

    I understand that when our land and water are litter free, they attract more people, improve business, and foster a greater sense of community pride.

  2. Let us know if you represent a business, neighborhood association, or other local group.

  3. Add the name, contact, or source here.

  4. Where do you live/work?

    Your address will help us track which areas of our community are participating.

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