Environmental Preservation - County of Marin Annual Reports
Marin’s “Think Before You Spray” campaign is a community-driven project to raise awareness about the use of toxic pest control products around homes and businesses.
After glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp) was labeled as a probable human carcinogen, the County met with concerned residents in fall 2016 to discuss ways to phase out toxins used to eradicate invasive plants and other pests. The County has all but halted its use of pesticides in our parks and open spaces, so “Think Before You Spray” is directed at residents and business owners who buy retail products.
The campaign, which started in spring 2017, included local events, social media, newspaper and bus shelter ads, and a website (www.yardsmartmarin.org). The educational effort continues in 2018 with a focus on the impacts of insecticides and rodenticides.