Clean & Green: Habitat Restoration
Wildlife Die From Plastic, Litter, and Other Trash
Are you tired of seeing plastic trash, styrofoam and other garbage accumulated on the shores at the beach or lake? Maybe you have seen litter in your own neighborhood or community along the streets, in parking lots, and in streams. You may have also seen the viral videos of people removing a straw from a sea turtle’s nostril or cutting fishing line strangling a pelican’s beak.
Trash in the environment hurts both terrestrial and marine species through entanglement, suffocation, consumption, and poisoning. It also leaches toxic chemicals into waterways and drinking water. The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2050, there will be more trash than fish in the ocean.
Restore Habitat and Save Wildlife
Our Clean & Green habitat restoration project tackles the issue of trash’s impacts on wildlife head-on by proactively organizing garbage clean-ups, followed by native tree and pollinator plant installations. For every 25 pounds of trash collected, NCWF plants a tree to promote healthy wildlife habitat, mitigate climate change, and buffer storm water runoff and sediment load in waterways.
By removing what doesn’t belong and replacing it with what does, we also:
- Increases tree canopy and enhances habitat;
- Improves neighborhood appeal and property values; and
- Engages and strengthens communities.
What We're Doing
You Can Help Make A Difference
Join the state-wide Clean & Green movement by volunteering to clean-up trash or plant trees and pollinator plants in your community. Here are a few opportunities you may be interested in:
- Participate in a clean-up or planting in your community. Here is a list of clean-ups already scheduled for the year.
- Clean-up trash or organize a neighborhood clean up and report your results to us so we can add your efforts to our annual clean-up goal and plant more trees and pollinator plants. Download the Trees4Trash Toolkit to get started.
- A gift to North Carolina Wildlife Federation is an investment in removing litter from your community and throughout North Carolina and replacing it with trees and pollinator plants. The work can’t be done without generous support from people like you!