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Cleanup safety

Be prepared

Safety first! Pack your supplies, check the weather and bring the right gear for a successful cleanup.

Gear up

A successful cleanup starts with thoughtful preparation and the right gear. At a minimum, we recommend bringing:

  • Sturdy, closed-toe boots
  • Work gloves
  • Sun protection
  • Bug spray
  • Hydration
  • First aid kit in case of emergencies

You'll also need whatever tools will be necessary to clean up the site. This could include trash bags, buckets, recycle bins, shovels and a pickup truck or trailer for transportation. Look up site conditions on the dumpsite database prior to heading out so you know what to expect.

Work boots, leather gloves and a shovel

Stay alert, lift safely

Watch for weather and outdoor hazards

In the outdoors, be ready for whatever nature may bring. Weather, poison ivy, wildlife and insects are all a natural part of being out in the forest.

Encounter something potentially hazardous while cleaning up? Consult EGLE's hazardous waste guide.

More outdoor safety and planning information is available on our Recreate Responsibly webpage.

Lifting tips

Carrying or shoveling trash? Avoid injury by lifting from your legs and by practicing team lifting with a partner. Some dump sites may require the use of heavy equipment to safely and effectively complete the cleanup.