Keeping storm drains across Mobile free from debris

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – With hundreds of thousands of drains across the Mobile area, it is easy to overlook them. But, if you take a closer look, some are labeled with a fish, indicating that those drains lead out to local waters. According to the City of Mobile Assistant Engineer Rosemary Ginn, these storm water […]

Osprey Initiative and the University of Houston Downtown Recycling Program

The Osprey Initiative team is proud to share the good work happening at the University of Houston! Our alliance with Coca-Cola helps make this possible. Recycling for local programs is part of our overall strategy to keep litter out of our coastal waters. The University of Houston – Downtown is a model for positive urban […]

Osprey Initiative helps clean up Louisiana’s waterways for ‘Love the Boot Week’

BATON ROUGE — Each year, “Love the Boot Week” comes back around as an effort to motivate the citizens of Louisiana to clean up trash around them. This effort is marked as Louisiana’s largest cleanup and beautification initiative. Organizations from all over the state come together to clean up trash.  One of these organizations is […]

“Litter Gitters” are cleaning New Orleans’ waterways

Metro New Orleans is getting extra help catching trash before it winds up in Lake Pontchartrain and then the Gulf of Mexico. Why it matters: Marine debris injures and kills wildlife, creates problems for boats and degrades quality of life for coastal residents, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The big picture: Waterborne garbage from nearly half the country ends up in […]

‘Litter Boom’ in Chattanooga Creek has collected 3,400 pounds of waste since May

WaterWays is a local non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring our streams, creeks and rivers. Last year, they installed a litter trap, nicknamed the “litter boom,” in Chattanooga Creek, and the organization’s founder, Mary Beth Sutton, said the trap has made a significant impact so far. “We put it in, in May of 2023, and since […]

Mobile Bay Magazine’s 5th Annual Watershed Awards

Mobile Bay’s Annual Honor recognizes the environmental guardians of our communities. Coastal Alabama’s waterways are as diverse as the people who love them. Baldwin and Mobile counties contain streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, bayous and the Gulf of Mexico. Our H20, salty or fresh, teams with fish and wildlife from tadpoles to sharks. But do not […]

Tangi embarks on groundbreaking anti-litter project at local festival

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said #TeamTangi litter crews, local volunteers, and representatives from the Osprey Initiative were on site at the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival all weekend long, collecting trash and sorting materials for recycling. The project marks a first for Tangipahoa Parish’s spring festivals, thanks to a Greener Grounds grant from Keep Louisiana […]

Over 1,100 tires collected in Mobile Saturday

Locals in Mobile joined forces with the city in a concerted effort to dispose of old tires cluttering yards and posing environmental hazards. Spearheaded by the city with assistance from organizations like Osprey Initiative and Student Conservation Association non profit organization, the event was a success. “It’s been nonstop really. We probably have had about […]

Mobile recycled a jaw-dropping amount of Mardi Gras beads at 2024 parades. Guess how many.

The numbers are in. According to Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, over the three week Mardi Gras season, the city’s litter collection team and volunteer partners recycled far more recyclable materials and beads than in 2023. How much? Drumroll please… Now that’s a lot of beads. And how are they recycled/reused? The students at Augusta Evans School — […]

Mobile Council members and students joins forces in citywide cleanup

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Saturday was Mobile’s annual MLK Day of Service, where council members and volunteers teamed up for a city-wide cleanup effort. In District 5, Councilman Joel Daves, joined by Osprey Initiative members, dedicated their morning to cleaning up litter on East Interstate Service Road South behind Walmart. “The city of Mobile is […]

Record number of recyclables collected by Cornerstone-LSU Partnership for GameDay Recycling Challenge

A partnership between Cornerstone Chemical Company and Louisiana State University (LSU) Athletics yielded record-breaking results at the LSU vs. Florida home game on November 11, 2023. With over 21,538 items equal to 1,370.83 pounds of recyclables collected, it was a highly successful collaboration in support of the GameDay Recycling Challenge and America Recycles Day. The GameDay Recycling Challenge […]

City of Mobile reschedules scrap tire collection for February

The City of Mobile will host a Scrap Tire Amnesty Day on Feb. 24 to give Mobilians an easy way to dispose of old tires. Tires that are not disposed of properly can cause environmental degradation and possibly create breeding habitats for mosquitos and other pests, according to a news release from the city. An […]

City of Mobile to host scrap tire collection event Dec. 9

The city of Mobile wants to help residents get rid of old scrap or unwanted tires responsibly. To that end, the city will hold a Scrap Tire Amnesty Day on Saturday, Dec. 9. There drop-off stations will be set up at Baumhauer-Randle Park at 1909 Duval St., Medal of Honor Park at 1711 Hillcrest Road, […]

Fairhope gets devices to collect litter

Fairhope, Alabama – Litter is an ongoing problem in Fairhope. “I think when people come into Fairhope, they see how tidy our community is, but really there is some litter that — of course, plastics and those kinds of things — that (is) not biodegradable. They get into our water system, so we want to […]

City of Mobile, Osprey Initiative launch ‘Litter Literacy’ program for local schools 

Mobile, Ala. — The City of Mobile has partnered with Osprey Initiative to teach middle school students in public, private and parochial schools across Mobile about the impact of litter.  The “Litter Literacy Program” officially kicked off in late September and has already worked with students in multiple local schools. Earlier this week, Osprey Initiative founder Don […]

Use new blue recycling bins in north shore state parks

This pilot project is made possible through a grant from the Louisiana Beverage Association, whose member companies say they manufacture 100% recyclable bottles and cans, and in coordination with the Pontchartrain Conservancy and the Osprey Initiative.

Newest litter gitter in Pinson does more than pick up trash, it builds community

For Charline Whyte, the latest installation of a litter gitter on Beaver Creek at Bicentennial Park in Pinson, Alabama gave her goosebumps. For years, Charline, her twin sister Catherine Whyte and fellow volunteer David Randolph have religiously picked up litter along the banks of Beaver Creek and Turkey Creek. Their efforts, which also included organizing roadside litter cleanups, […]

Trash boom installed on Lake Hiawatha as part of pilot program

MINNEAPOLIS — While there’s no denying the beauty of Lake Hiawatha, there’s also no denying that its got a problem with trash.  “Pen caps, bottles, plastic bags floating in the water. Anything you can think of that’s plastic or can float that you might throw away is out there,” said Tyler Pederson with the Minneapolis Park […]

Floating litter collection device installed on Chattanooga Creek

Chattanooga Creek is now home to a litter boom, a floating trash collection device installed Tuesday near the Wheland trailhead of the Tennessee Riverwalk. “We have 180,000 residents in addition to all those visitors and tourists who come through, which, as you can imagine, can lead to … a lot of litter,” Maria Price, engineering […]

Record Breaking Cleanup in Louisiana

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) are pleased to announce volunteers removed a record 313 tons of litter during Love the Boot Week April 17-23, 2023.