Regularly clean up an area

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Every year we dump a massive 2+ billion tons of waste. There is no simple solution to a problem of this scale but the clean up can start with you. This is a simple achievable action that has a positive effect on your community.

You can help in a few ways. First off, do not litter to begin with. It is probably safe to assume that you already know this if you are reading this action.

Secondly, clean as you go. When you see garbage lying around in your everyday life, pick it up and get it to the recycling, compost or trash bin. The effects of this can be powerful, setting an example that has an echo effect on the others that see you do it.

Thirdly, set time aside to clean up a specific area that you either care deeply about or which really needs a clean. Try scheduling a day to do this action on a regular basis, once a year, once a month or even once a week.


• Looking for inspiration? Check out the daily trash pick up that Edgar McGregor does and posts about on Twitter. He is quite amazing and cleans up trash every single day, rain or shine.

• Also check out the #TrashtagChallenge with a quick search of that term online or on social media. There is no secret to why it has been so successful and is going strong today.

• Start small, choose an area that is already part of your life that you genuinely want to see cleaner for your own enjoyment. It can be as simple as bringing a garbage bag with you on a route you normally walk.

• This is also one of the simplest things that you can do as a family or with neighbors to support your community. This action will foster a healthier relationship with the planet for children and create a time to connect with others. You might be surprised how easy it is to get others to join you.

• Recycle and compost what you pick up if possible. Try to minimize the amount of your haul that ends up in the landfill by maximizing the amount that ends up in recycling or compost. If it does not work out perfectly do not worry about it. Do not let that be a barrier to doing a clean up.

• Many people have now started combining this action with jogging, which is called plogging. Next Olympic trial sport possibly?! Check out some videos of it here.

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    Community & Institutions


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