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New campaign goes beyond not littering

Baseball fans going to San Rafael’s Albert Park are taking something home with them and it’s not a baseball or ball cap but the mindset to clean up their mess.

The No Litter in Baseball campaign is asking Pacific’s fans to sign a pledge to not trash the ballpark or litter anywhere else for that matter and in return people get a blue No Litter in Baseball wristband and know they’re helping the environment.

The new program is a partnership between the Marin ball team, Bellam Self Storage and Boxes, Marin Clean Energy and Marin Sanitary Service. It was Bellam Self Storage and Boxes owner Andree Jansheski was watching a San Francisco Giants game on TV and noticed trash in the stands. It was yet another place she saw litter in her everyday life.

“It’s too bad, people should realize there’s a responsibility factor,” Jansheski said. “This should carry over to our everyday life. That we shouldn’t litter on the streets. We should keep the universe clean.”

Clean should be Jansheski’s middle name as she is an active member of the San Rafael Clean group and was instrumental with the creation of the Cigarette Meter Eater functional art piece downtown. To this day her business pays the Downtown Streets Team for each cigarette butt they collect. The butts are sent to a recycling plant where they become pallets.

Soon after seeing the ballpark litter on TV she met with Jennifer Clark who is the Director of Community and Business Relations with the San Rafael Pacifics. Together they worked developed the program.

“I came here last year and I saw the trash overflowing everywhere and nothing getting put where it belonged,” Clark said. “When I met Andree we started talking about it and I thought great.”

She says public reaction has been positive and the Pacifics have reduced their trash bill by diverting waste from the landfill to recycling and composting bins with the end goal of being one hundred percent waste-free.

“We’re saving money on our trash bills because things are going where they’re supposed to go, so it’s worked out really well.”

There are not only recycling containers at Albert Field but also composting bins with photos above each one to aid attendees as to where an item should go. A photo of an aluminum can is above the recycling section and a photo of a food item is one of several above the composting section. In a bid to make things even easier there are plans to add 3D representations by adding a real can, cup, food wrapper and other items above each bin.

It’s important to not only teach kids about not littering and how to recycle but setting good examples early in their lives says Jansheski.

“Some of the parents have been really super. The parents ask the kids, ‘Do you know what you are signing here? It means when you have some trash to throw away you’re going to decide whether it goes into the compost or if it goes into the recycle. You’re going to make some decisions here. That’s what you’re signing for.’ Several of the parents have taken a moment to educate their kids which is really nice,” she said.

Cheler Araz, of Denmark, was taking in his first baseball game and stopped to sign a pledge card. Coming from a progressive, Scandinavian country he agreed with the environmental message.

“I think it’s important because of the environment,” Araz said. “If we throw it out on the ground, who will throw it away for us?”

Novato’s Monica Miller came to the game with her family. She thought Albert Field was a perfect place to have an anti-litter campaign.

“It looks nice to be in a nice place,” Miller said. “It’s a nice, beautiful park.“

After five No Litter in Baseball appearances at the park this year over 950 people have signed cards pledging not to litter. There will be two more appearances this season where fans can make their resolution to take a stand on the issue. The next time you can meet the Green Team will be at the August 11 game.

More information can be found at nolitterinbaseball.com.

Contact Rem O’Donnelley at remsreportsmarin@gmail.com