This Saturday is World Cleanup Day. It’s a goal that crosses borders and defies cultural differences as one of the largest civic movements of our time. If last year was any indication, over 8.5 million volunteers and 191 countries will come together again this Saturday to help create a cleaner and healthier planet. Below are just a few ways you and your family can get involved this year.
- Start local. Seek out areas with unwanted trash in your local neighborhood or nearby nature spots, and mark their location using the TrashOut app. By starting with one area, you can inspire others to get involved and keep the cleanup effort going.
- Start recycling. You can extend your cleanup efforts beyond just a single day when you invest in a recycling bin. Even if your neighborhood doesn’t collect recycling, most local schools or libraries will have recycling deposits available for the community to drop off recyclables. Recycling bins are an affordable and simple way to start a good habit that will benefit the greater good. Try a website like earth911 to search by material and zip code to help find the nearest collection centers.
- Keep storm drains clear. The point of a storm drain is to gather run-off from rainwater to prevent flooding and keep that water in local waterways. Make sure trash, leaves, and other debris are not stuck in the drain, clogging it and blocking the flow. In order to avoid future debris build-up, don’t blow leaves or lawn clippings into the street. Additionally, when you put your trash and recycling out for pickup, ensure your lids are on securely to prevent items from falling out.
- Adopt A Spot. You can organize your own cleaning event with a neighborhood or friend group to help restore or improve an area within your community. You could fix old playground equipment, repaint an old basketball court, or even start a community garden. The ideas are endless. Plan your event and publicize it! Social media is a great way to connect with community members and help spread the word for whatever cleanup effort you tackle. You can make it more official by applying with your city to formally adopt the area. In Forth Worth, Texas, you can adopt a spot, park, or even a medium. Each municipality has different requirements, but you and your team may even get a fancy sign in your honor!
- Invest in a litter bag. Most of us are accustomed to reusable grocery bags now, and many use them for various reasons. I leave mine in my car, so I will never forget them! If you have some, designate one as your new litter bag. People are constantly dropping their trash on the ground, a huge problem and an eyesore. It can be harmful to children, animals, and the rest of the environment. If you see some trash on the ground around your neighborhood, don’t assume someone else will take care of it. Keep a litter bag in your car, and be proactive in taking care of where you live!
Share your ideas with friends and family by using the #WorldCleanupDay tag. Most importantly, remember that it’s about more than just one day. You can help in various ways, multiple times a year, and make a massive impact on the ecosystem in which you live. Learn more about joining the movement today!