Are you tired of seeing trash in your neighborhood? Do you want to help be a part of solving Baltimore’s complex litter challenges? Then join our new Less Litter Pickers Program.
We’ve partnered with the Baltimore Community ToolBank on a pilot program to drive consistent action around community cleaning and health. Participants will be provided tools (gloves, bags, trash grabber, bucket, dustpan and broom), best practices and a peer community to conduct at least weekly cleaning around your neighborhood or workplace over a six week period.
How do you participate?
- Sign up online
- Participate in a brief training and receive your tools on October 26 or 29
- Actively clean your neighborhood over the six week period and share this activity with your friends and family via social media (#LessLitterBMore)
- Return tools, share feedback and mingle with other less litter pickers on December 11
Less Litter Means More…
- Connection with Neighbors
- Quality Time with Friends & Family
- Exercise & Engagement Outdoors
- Purpose & Pride in Yourself & Neighborhood
- Security & Stability through Social Activity
- Charm throughout Our City.
Cleaner communities mean cleaner waterways, and mobilizing residents and business owners to invest time and energy into routine cleaning is critical. Research we conducted with OpinionWorks revealed that many litterers feel discouraged to improperly discard their waste in neighborhoods and green spaces that are clean and cared for, and that unsurprisingly, they wanted a cleaner neighborhood for their families and well-being. While solving the trash pollution requires a multi-pronged approach that includes education, improvement to infrastructure and services, and addressing a variety of socio-economic and cultural factors, sustained mitigation can ultimately help support lasting prevention.
We hope to replicate and expand this program over time with additional times and hubs for tools, and align it with our multi-faceted social marketing campaign “Less Litter, B-More” aimed at changing behavior about waste consumption and disposal for cleaner and healthier communities.
This initiative is supported by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Home Depot Foundation.