Have you ever found trash in your favorite park, playground or trail? In that moment, did you wish people were more aware of keeping community spaces clean? There’s finally a global movement to address the issue—one that marries community action with social media.
The #TrashTag Challenge gained global popularity earlier this year when a Facebook post showed Algerian environmentalist Drici Tani Younes sitting among a littered area outdoors, with an additional photo showing the trash bagged up and the area clean. Since then, the movement has taken off across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and other platforms. More importantly, it has become a global phenomenon.
The premise is simple. Take a photo of an outdoor area that could use a little cleaning up, bag up all the trash, and get a photo of yourself with the filled trash bags. Be sure to use the hashtag #trashtag to spread the word and show off your efforts.
The challenge might sound similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge in its ability to inspire positive action, but #trashtag may have a more localized, visible effect since we’re cleaning up local parks we can visit in person. If you decide to take the #TrashTag Challenge, be sure to invite a younger person. You’ll expose them to positive community action (plus, they’re better equipped to spread the #trashtag message authentically to peers).
By bringing the #TrashTag Challenge to Pottstown, we can do our part to keep our local parks and trails beautiful. For more inspiration, check out the latest #trashtag submissions on Twitter. Be sure to tag us (@PAHWF) if you clean up a Pottstown area park, playground or trail!