With more than an estimated 300,000 tons of plastic littered each year, the ongoing need for help in our state and national park grows. While we might not even realize it, the average person will create around 4 and a half pounds of trash a day. And where does that trash go?
Most of the litter ends up along roadways, eventually making its way into storm drains and ending in lakes and oceans. 9 billion tons, to be exact. In the United States alone, approximately 40% of the lakes are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming, which is why every little effort helps.
Environmental clean up efforts take place across the globe every day, and this past weekend Quest Trust offices in Austin joined together to participate in a local clean-up project. Bright and early on Sunday morning, twelve Questies met at McKinney Falls State Park to clean a total of 8 bags of trash from the trails and beach areas. In a world where taxpayers spend nearly $11 billion cleaning up litter across the United States, our Quest team was happy to volunteer our time and help clean-up for free!
Cleaning up our local state parks proved to be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, bringing the Austin office together for a greater cause. Not only were we able to bond, we were also able to work together to make the area a better place to live and visit, doing our part to help minimize the global footprint litter has left.
How Can You Help Local State Parks?
We’re all guilty of creating litter some way or another, but there are things you can do to minimize the amount of litter that is created daily.
- Make sure your trash is secure
- Educate others of the ongoing problems caused by litter
- Make use of recycle bins whenever you can
- Get involved yourself! State parks are always hosting clean-up projects and if you’re interested in getting involved like we did, you can find an opportunity at the Texas State Parks Volunteer schedule.
Our volunteer day is just one way we can make a difference and impact our community. We love self-direction at Quest because of the social impact we have as investors. With our investments
, we have the power to positively affect the community around us. Schedule a free consultation to talk to an IRA Specialist how you can make a difference not only for your future, but also for your community by investing with a Self-Directed IRA.
What a perfect example of how #QuestCares!