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Trash-Free Waters

Great Practices

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EPA seeks to share effective best management practices, policies and programs that reduce the overall volume of trash that generated or prevent trash from entering the aquatic environment.

National Great Practices Compendium

Cover of Aquatic Trash Prevention National Great PracticesDownload the ReportThe National Great Practice Compendium highlights outstanding activities, technologies, and programs that prevent trash from entering the aquatic environment and/or reduce the overall volume of trash that is generated.

An activity qualifies as a Great Practice if it achieves measurable progress towards its trash prevention and/or reduction goals and shows a clear return on investment from such efforts.  Results must be measurable and achievable.

This compendium serves as a reference tool for Great Practices that show real results.  The Trash Free Waters program developed this resource after hearing from many stakeholders that they needed better information on “what works.”  The Great Practices that are highlighted can help civic leaders and others make informed decisions about their future trash prevention program investments based upon the successes of others.


Atlas of Gulf States Litter Control Policy
and Programs

Report Cover: Atlas of Gulf States Litter Control Policy and ProgramsDownload the ReportThe Gulf Atlas is a compendium of state and local policies and programs that reduce and prevent aquatic trash, as well as the related enforcement mechanisms that support them.

The Trash Free Waters program developed the Gulf Atlas to address a strong stakeholder request for information on programs that are addressing this issue. 

The Gulf Atlas facilitates collaboration and information-sharing among state and municipal governments and other interested groups.