The Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) wants your pictures of litter pictures. It doesn't matter the location, send them your snapshots of the cans, bottles and outright trash that make our great outdoors a little less great.

Litter is more than an eyesore. It has real, measurable effects on Tennesseans and the state’s wildlife, water, and wild places.

TWF reports that studies regularly uncover new impacts to wildlife and habitats. For example, after decades of litter that sinks in water—glass, cans, and heavier plastics, such as those used for drink bottles—the beds of our lakes and rivers are fouled, potentially impacting important habitat for native fish.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation estimates there are 100 million pieces of litter on Tennessee’s roads at any given moment and that 18 percent of it will end up in waterways. The Tennessee Valley Authority removed 230 tons of trash from the Tennessee River in 2018.

To submit your photos and help raise awareness of Tennessee’s litter problem, visit tnwf.org/litter.