More than 75%
of Washington residents
choose to not litter.
Every year, 18 million pounds of litter accumulates in Washington. Even though litter is a big problem, there’s a simple solution. Use a litter bag in your car and throw your trash in a bin. Your small daily actions make a big difference.
Ready? Let’s get started.
Meet the Litter Bag — a handy place to keep waste in your car until you can toss it (in a garbage can or recycling bin, please).
Starting Sept. 12, 2022, we’re giving away free litter bags at all Washington Fred Meyer stores while supplies last. Pick yours up at the customer service counter and take our survey for a chance to win a $100 Fred Meyer gift card. Limit one bag per customer.
Not near a participating store? No problem!
Whether you spring for a fancy one or a bag you have lying around, a litter bag keeps your ride tidier, keeps the state litter free, and sets a good example for others. You can find a litter bag or make your own:
- Repurpose an existing bag or container — like a shopping bag, small waste basket, or plastic tub.
- Check the cleaning or automotive department at a retail or auto supply store.
- Shop online to find the right litter bag for you — search for “car trash can” or “car trash bag.”
Is litter really that big of a deal?
Litter isn’t just ugly — it’s dangerous and expensive. Roadside litter causes hundreds of car crashes every year. Many types of litter, like cigarette butts, leach harmful chemicals into the environment. Despite our best efforts, litter is a growing problem. Even with millions of dollars of cleanup efforts every year, we can only collect a fraction of the litter accumulating in our state. With a car litter bag and a little bit of effort, you can help keep our state healthier, tidier, and litter free.