Trash Free Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will join the Trash Free Parks program in 2019. Trash and recycling cans will be removed from the following areas:

  • Bolivar Heights
  • Information and Visitor centers
  • Lower Town
  • Parking Lots
  • Picnic Area
  • Trailheads

Please be prepared to dispose of your trash and recycling properly by carrying it out of the park when you leave.

 

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Two smiling volunteers carry trash they have gathered from the banks of the Potomac River
Two smiling volunteers carry trash they have gathered from the banks of the Potomac River during the 2018 Potoma Wayside Cleanup.

NPS Photo/Maddie Vidmar

Benefits

A trash free program has many benefits, including:

  • Fostering a partnership between the visitors and the park by encouraging people to take an active role in maintaining a trash-free park.
  • Encouraging people to adopt a carry in, carry out Leave No Trace principle.
  • Encouraging people to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • Reducing odors and pests in the park.
  • Increasing visitor safety by reducing the number of stinging insects, rodents, and other wildlife in Lower Town, the picnic area, battlefields, and parking areas.
  • Reducing the amount of litter in the park.
  • Establishing a commitment towards park sustainability and responsible park use that will carry on to future generations.
  • Park hours and funds spent on trash collection can be applied to other projects and improvements within the park. These projects include facility and grounds maintenance and resource preservation.
 
Two volunteers hold bags of trash and recycling collected in the park.
Two volunteers hold bags of trash and recycling collected in the park.

NPS Photo/Zurbuch

How to Support this Effort

Ideas for Cutting Down on Waste

Reduce

Buy durable, reusable picnic plates, cups, water bottles, and silverware. This eliminates plastic waste and saves money.
Repair instead of replace equipment such as chairs and sports equipment.
Order your ice cream in an edible cone instead of a disposable cup.
When ordering a drink to go, ask the restaurant or cafe to put it in your reusable container.
Only take what you need and will use - extra napkins, straws, condiment packages, and other small items add up quickly when you have to carry them out!

Reuse

Bring reusable tablecloths and cloth napkins.
Use reusable plates, cups, water bottles, and silverware.
Bring beverages in reusable containers. A free water refilling station is available at the visitor center. Drinking fountains are located at the visitor center and in Lower Town. When ordering a drink to go, ask the restaurant or cafe to put it in your reusable container.

Recycle

Separate recyclables from the rest of the trash and recycle them at home.
Ask your local collection service about what items you can include in your home recycling bin.
Purchase products that are made from and packaged in recycled materials.
Start a compost heap or worm bin at home.

 
An open and full homemade wooden home composting bin
Home composting bin.

NPS Photo/Holtslander

More Information

Leave No Trace - official website for the Leave No Trace stewardship program.
The Environmental Protection Agency's website with information and tips on how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The National Park Service's Green Parks Plan.

Last updated: March 20, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
National Park Service
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone:

(304) 535-6029

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