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Take Pride in Your Public Lands!

BLM lands in Idaho are used year-round for a variety of recreational activities, like hiking, camping, mountain biking, ATV-riding, hunting, fishing, and target shooting. BLM places trash cans at campgrounds, trailheads, and parking lots, but there are many areas on BLM lands without waste receptacles. In some areas, people also leave unwanted items, like mattresses, old electronics, and broken furniture, rather than disposing of them properly.

You may have seen impacts on BLM lands from garbage and signs of use, including air and water pollution, wildlife habitat destruction, wildlife illness from ingesting trash, injuries to wildlife, livestock, and humans, and reduced-quality visual resources. BLM appreciates all of the dedicated volunteers who have spent hours cleaning up trash on public lands, but it is up to everyone to ensure that these lands remain clean and trash-free so that visitors from Idaho and around the world can enjoy these public lands year-round.

Have you done your part to keep your public lands clean? Email your story and 1 or 2 photos to and we might share it on the BLM Idaho Facebook and Twitter pages.


(Photos: Community members pitched in to pick up trash on BLM lands near Idaho Falls, Idaho. This group in eastern Idaho conducts clean-up events on public lands many times each year.)

Here are some things you can do to help keep your public lands clean:

  • Bring a garbage bag anytime you’re outside to carry out your trash and any trash someone else has left behind.
  • Collect recyclable items (bottles, cans, and recyclable plastics) and dispose of them at a recycling facility in town.
  • Determine appropriate ways to dispose of unwanted items such as furniture, appliances, and scrap building materials. Take them to the city dump, hazardous waste disposal facility, electronics recycling facility, or resale store instead of dumping them on public lands.

Reduce Your Footprint!

Click on the items below for more information about how to keep your public lands in tip-top shape.

Leave No Trace Principles

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Tread Lightly! Principles

  • Travel Responsibly
  • Respect the Rights of Others
  • Educate Yourself
  • Avoid Sensitive Areas
  • Do Your Part