In 2017, Trash Free Maryland and a huge team of public and private partners kicked off a social marketing campaign to encourage people to pick up trash in their neighborhoods. We combined research, social marketing tools, and strategies from recovery programs to reach people who may have never considered themselves part of the solution. We started calling it Trash Free Baltimore.
In 2018, this Trash Free Baltimore Campaign evolved into the Trash Free Baltimore Collaborative. The Trash Free Baltimore Collaborative is a network of nonprofits, neighborhood associations, institutions, government agencies, and community leaders who come together to share their efforts to address litter and trash pollution in Baltimore, so we can synergize, scale, and support more systematic mitigation and prevention. Through collaboration, communication, and coordination, we can more effectively and efficiently reach stakeholders, partners, and residents to address trash pollution in our communities and ecosystems. One of the tools we use is a standardized data collection sheet to inform and advance policy and programmatic priorities. This data sheet is used for gathering data during cleanups hosted by each of our individual organizations so that we have consistency within our data collection and evaluation. The data sheet can be downloaded here, and is in google form here. If your group is hosting a cleanup in Baltimore City and would like to gather data, please feel free to use this sheet. Directions are included.
If you are working on trash and litter pollution in Baltimore and want to join this collaborative, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also request to join our google group.
You can read about our past campaigns to reduce disposable bag use and help the City meet federal requirements to remove trash from the Inner Harbor and Patapsco River.