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1 LITTER IN MARSHALL Presented by: Tom Hoff and Melinda Kawalek

2 Marshall was officially recognized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as a “Step One GreenStep City” on April 26, A Marshall GreenStep Business Recognition program was established in January A "Step 2 GreenStep City Award" was presented to the City of Marshall on June 20, To reach our goal of becoming a “Step 3 GreenStep City” by 2016, Marshall must meet 16 of the 28 Best Practices.

3 The City of Marshall submitted an application for a Minnesota GreenCorps member in May Melinda Kawalek was appointed to work with City staff and the Marshall GreenStep committee in September Melinda has been working on several goals since September. The most recent goal is to: Develop a Best Management Practice (BMP) to prevent the build-up of plastic bags and other materials that litter the fences, ditches and waterways in Marshall.

4 Lot between Pizza Ranch and Menards

5 Immediately After Clean-Up

6 Litter Sort

7 Overall Sort Data

8 Plastic Grocery Bags Data

9 “Other” Bags Category

10 Eight pounds of plastic bags

11 The Lot: 12 Days Later

12 Possible sources of the litter for the lot being studied Lyon County residential recycling center Uncovered commercial recycling and garbage bins Outdoor gardening center packaging Plastic bags and flyers blowing from shopping carts Litter blowing from cars in the parking lot Intentional littering by passerby's Uncovered residential recycling and garbage bins Other?

13 Next Steps The Marshall GreenStep Committee requests that the Marshall City Council approve of the formation of a task force (including the Chamber of Commerce, private businesses and landowners) to develop and implement a Best Management Practice to reduce (eliminate) the blowing of litter into the lots near Pizza Ranch and Menards.


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