Kids star in new anti-littering PSA


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 24 at 1:43 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Littering is dangerous, disappointing and disgusting, at least according to some Scottsdale children who are featured in a new public service announcement.

The kids completed the Don't Trash Arizona, Kids! outreach campaign and left with strong opinions about litter, how it affects the environment and how to prevent it from happening.

"They're lazy and they really don't care about anything," Aiden Dorsey said.

"It's just terrible," Mia Hermanson said. "Who would want to do that? You're putting people in danger and pets and any other desert animal."

The mayor of Scottsdale couldn't agree more.

"We all benefit from a clean community," Mayor Jim Lane said. "So take pride in our community and don't trash Arizona."

And to 12-year-old Mia, there's nothing worse than trashing your community.

"Littering is probably one of the worst things that you can do for your home, environment and anything else," she said.

Don't Trash Arizona, Kids!, a part of the Don't Trash Arizona anti-littering campaign sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments, challenged the children to apply what they had learned by writing an essay, shooting a video or snapping photos about litter. Contest winners were chosen to appear in a PSA.

The PSA asks the kids to answer questions about litter and captures their honest reactions to various images of litter on the Valley's roads.