We love our parks and want to maintain the standard residents and park visitors have come to expect. Litter, however, is a routine roadblock that Sugar Land works hard to overcome to make sure the beauty of our parks and health of our wildlife aren’t jeopardized. Help us out by taking these small steps to make sure your litter ends up only in our trashcans.
What goes up must come down! Balloons go where the wind takes them, ending up as litter wherever they land. Balloons are dangerous for our wildlife (regardless of whether the balloons land on water or land). Animals can also get tangled in them or try and eat them. Foil balloons can get caught in power lines, causing power outages.
We would strongly recommend for our residents not to bring balloons to our parks, but if you do, please make sure they are properly disposed of in a trash receptacle.
Throwing food waste anywhere but the garbage may seem like a safe bet (it’s composting, right? Not exactly.) Food waste can make our wildlife sick — human food is not meant for animals! The food waste that’s not eaten by animals is left to rot and become foul, attracting roaches and ants. If you’re enjoying a nice picnic, please make sure that all of your food waste ends up in a trashcan and not as litter in our parks.
Not littering with food waste also means not feeding the wildlife. Feeding the wildlife, like alligators and ducks, is not only harmful for the animal, but it makes them more comfortable around humans—especially dangerous when we’re talking about alligators. We want everyone to enjoy our wildlife at a distance, not harm them or cause a disruption in their instincts to stay away from our residents and park goers. Further, food left out for the animals ends up getting picked up as trash by our parks employees.
Unattended pet waste can run off into nearby ponds, lakes and streams after a rain, contaminating the water. Also, by not cleaning up after your pet, you run the risk of your fellow neighbors stepping in it, creating a bigger mess and ruining their shoes and day. So please utilize your own dog waste bag or use one from one of the dog waste stations, tie a knot and dispose of it in the dog waste receptacle or a trashcan if there’s no dog waste receptacle around.
Confetti is nearly impossible for city staff to clean up given the quantity and size, so please don’t bring it into our parks. The confetti that isn’t picked up can get pushed into the soil or end up in nearby woods or water, causing further contamination and disrupting the ecosystems of the soil and water. Even so-called “biodegradable” confetti can take years to break down, and our water and soil is not a good place to store these micro plastics. What doesn’t end up in our water or soil can be eaten by birds, fish and other wildlife, which are known to mistake confetti for food.
We’d love to see our parks being enjoyed in ways that do not create a mess so our staff can work on meaningful projects that enhance the high quality of life our community has come to enjoy! If you’d like to play an active role in keeping our parks pristine, visit: www.sugarlandtx.gov/CleanParks.