Reducing Litter, Managing Trash and Encouraging Recycling

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and NACS have partnered to offer resources to retailers in order to keep their stores and help keep their communities clean and beautiful.

A Guide to Reducing Litter, Managing Trash and Encourage Recycling at Convenience Stores

This guide, produced by Keep America Beautiful and NACS, provides quick and easy tips for convenience stores to improve their customers’ experience, help the environment and, ultimately, enhance their reputation and bottom line. It includes information from Keep America Beautiful’s landmark “Litter in America” research from 2009—comprised of the “National Visible Litter Survey” and “Litter Cost Study”—as well as from jointly developed consumer and retailer surveys and audits conducted this year by NACS and Keep America Beautiful.

Download the guide and other resources below.


Guide to Reducing Litter, Managing Trash and Encouraging Recycling (PDF)
Download the complete guide including checklists, tips and best practices.


Litter Observation Worksheet (PDF)
This checklist will allow you to audit littered items in and around your property.


Litter Checklist (PDF)
This checklist will help determine better trash and litter management in and around your store.

Free Litter Stands Available for Retailers

As part of a joint initiative of Keep America Beautiful and Philip Morris USA, U.S. convenience stores can request free litter stands to collect cigarette butts. Litter stands will be delivered to retailers with all materials, hardware and guidance needed for installation. Retailers are asked to maintain litter stands by servicing them regularly. Read more in this NACS Daily article.

U.S. convenience stores can request one or more free litter stands. Interested retailers should email with the following information:

  • Name and contact information (phone and email)
  • Store name and street address of proposed location
  • Details about where the receptacle(s) will be placed