With fall in full swing across the state, Ohio Sea Grant, in partnership with OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, is offering two new tip sheets on reducing or eliminating trash and environmental pollution during common fall activities.
“We wanted to make sure that people are aware of these opportunities to easily reduce their impact on the environment, since they’ll likely be doing some of these activities in the fall,” said Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant Extension educator, who created the tip sheets.
Litter of any kind is unsightly, reduces enjoyment of the natural environment and can have economic impacts in the form of clean-up costs and lost tourism revenue. Plastic litter can be especially problematic because it doesn’t break down completely, but any kind of littering causes these issues.
“Tackling Trash When Fishing” focuses on easy ways to prevent accidental littering while out on boats or on the shoreline. It particularly emphasizes the impacts of lost fishing line, which isn’t just unsightly plastic trash, but can actively harm fish and wildlife by entangling them.
“Trash-Free Trails” includes easy ways to keep trails and campsites clean, and points out some ways in which pre-planning your trail menu can help reduce both the weight of your pack and the impact your choices have on the parks you visit.
Additional information on how to reduce plastic pollution that can end up in Ohio waterways and harm the environment is available on Bartolotta’s profile page at go.osu.edu/bartolotta and at ohioseagrant.osu.edu/products/bytags/marine-debris.