Consider Litter


Grades 4 - 12


Local litter-based stewardship in communities





Consider Litter


Consider Litter is a program that builds a network of stewards. The stewards collect litter and data which is used to design action projects for preventing and mitigating litter in their communities.

Consider Litter is designed to address the issue of land-based litter before it finds its way into local waterways. Partner sites commit to monthly litter and data collection at their chosen location. The data and feedback from local businesses, scientists, and nonprofits are used to identify opportunities for action projects.

Goals or Objectives:

The goal of Consider Litter is to grow local litter-based stewardship in communities. The program seeks to reach this goal by reaching the following supporting goals:

  • Sign-up a growing number of Consider Litter participating sites
  • Train teachers and community members on the EPA’s ETAP protocol
  • Engage students and community members as visible local stewards
  • Remove thousands of pounds of litter before it reaches the water
  • Use resulting data to design and implement action projects for prevention and mitigation
  • Encourage discussions and feedback on collected data and possible action projects from stakeholders including local businesses

Who Can Participate? 

Consider Litter is a grant funded project. Currently, recruited Title I schools in Louisiana receive free training and kits that allow them to implement the program at their chosen location. Participants are in grades 4 - 12 and are led by trained teachers at these schools. As funding increases, additional Title I schools will be recruited for the program.

Are you a church, business, or school that would like to implement Consider Litter on your property or nearby? Anyone can participate as a Consider Litter site. For participating sites not covered by grant-funding, training and kits are provided for a fee that covers the costs associated with facilitating the training. Access to the online Consider Litter resources including data, action project templates, available speakers list, and more are free for all participants. Please complete the Consider Litter interest form if you would like to participate.

Featured Speakers and Stakeholders

Consider Litter partners with scientists, businesses, and organizations to act as mentors and classroom speakers for participating sites. These stakeholder perspectives and diverse voices help build community coalitions that can help design and implement data-specific solutions to land-based litter. Click the button below to view our list of available speakers/mentors for feedback on collected data and action projects.

Online Tools for Consider Litter

Visit these resources to learn more about litter in your community.

Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol (ETAP)

The ETAP, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Trash Free Waters program, is a quantitative survey tool used by Consider Litter participants which provides a standard method for collecting and assessing litter data.

Adopt a Catch Basin

For Consider Litter sites in Orleans Parish participants can adopt a catch basin located within their site to help improve drainage conditions throughout the city. Click the link to determine if there is an adoptable Catch Basin within your Consider Litter site.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is the U.S. Federal government’s lead for addressing marine debris. The resource provides a Derelict Vessel Information Hub, a Debris Monitoring Toolbox, and so much more!

Environmental Explorations

Environmental Explorations includes uniquely curated resources to help communities increase their knowledge of locally relevant watershed issues utilizing real-world data and local case studies including videos and articles on marine debris.