Organize a cleanup
Want to bring a cleanup to your community? Below are some tips on how to organize your own cleanup.
- Select a date, time and location
- Check that there are no other events happening that will interfere with your cleanup
- Get approval from local officials if necessary
- Just in case, select a rain date
- Spread the word and recruit volunteers
- Contact local environmental groups
- Create flyers for your event and post them around your community
- Make your event public on social media. Please feel free to share your event with us on Facebook so Plastic Lakes Project and Plastic Ocean Project can advertise as well.
- Create a schedule for your cleanup
- Make sure volunteers know when and where to meet, what to bring, how to use the datasheets, and to leave time at the end for a group photo
- Make it fun! Bring music to play or prizes for volunteers who pick up the most litter.
- Datasheets, clipboards & pencils (download datasheets here)
- Make sure there are enough for volunteers
- It may be easier to break people into small groups (one person to track data and one or more people to collect debris)
- Encourage volunteers to bring their own, but it’s good to have a few spare sets ready
- Encourage volunteers to bring their own reusable bottles
- Garbage bags
- Camera or phone
Following the cleanup
- Collect datasheets from all volunteers and compile totals
- Recycle what you can!
- Discard trash
- Send your photos, a brief description of your cleanup and your totals (weight, number of bags, number of items) to firstname.lastname@example.org to be shared on our social media pages!