Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club has formed a “Rotary Clean Communities Coalition” to keep our towns litter-free. We are seeking volunteers to join our Rotary members in regularly removing litter from our streets and neighborhoods.

For two communities that are among the prettiest anywhere, the presence of litter on our streets and parkways is an eyesore. We need to pick litter up when we see it as we make our way around town and encourage our friends and neighbors to do the same.

Ideally, we could deter thoughtless people from littering. But that’s almost impossible to do. Rather than simply cursing the source of the litter, we need to develop an intolerance for its presence, rather than passing by it.  The public works crews in our towns don’t have the manpower to patrol for litter.  This is our responsibility as residents.

In addition to having set days when we will pick up litter along key highways and streets, our Rotary Club is emphasizing the need for large numbers of residents to do this regularly, and not just periodically.  Litter accumulates constantly, especially in the nice weather.  We need to be vigilant about picking it up wherever we can on almost a daily basis.

We ask you to join our Clean Communities Coalition by taking responsibility for your own streets and neighborhoods.  You can volunteer by signing up on our website (, by sending an e-mail to, or by responding to this e-mail. 

We will be taking our message to groups in the community, such as student environmental groups and scouts, the garden clubs, and open lands organizations; and we will be recognizing and thanking those who participate. 

If you will join our Rotary members in stamping out litter through the habit of picking it up, we can make litter disappear very quickly and enhance the natural beauty of our towns.