Trees 4 Trash

The Problem

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.

The Solution

Trees4Trash Saves Wildlife and Restores Habitat

Trees 4 Trash - a collaborative program of NCWF and Plastic Ocean ProjectTrees4Trash is a collaborative program of NCWF and Plastic Ocean Project that 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, Trees4Trash 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, Trees4Trash also:

  • Increases tree canopy and enhances habitat;
  • Improves neighborhood appeal and property values; and
  • Engages and strengthens communities.


Trees and Shrubs Planted



Pounds of Trash Collected



Pollinator Plants/Herbaceous Perennials Planted



Volunteers Engaged

Watch the Video on the Plastic Ocean Project

NCWF Chairman, Billy Wilson talks on Earth Day and Trees4Trash

What We're Doing

You Can Help Make A Difference

Join the state-wide Trees4Trash 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:

How You Can Help

Make an investment in protecting, conserving and restoring North Carolina wildlife and habitat with a tax-deductible donation to NCWF.

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