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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Easy Ways to Keep Your Community Clean

In honor of National Clean Up the World Weekend, we’re encouraging you to step outside of your home and into your gorgeous neighboring communities—and clean. Maybe that’s not how you were expecting to spend your weekend, but it is important that we all do our part to contribute, so that we can build a healthier and cleaner environment for future generations. Here are some easy ways to clean up your community:

Keep A Clean-Up Bag On-Hand

No matter where you go or what you’re doing, you’re likely to see trash or litter in some capacity. While it’s devastating, it’s an inevitable truth. And the more normalized we become to seeing these types of things and failing to take initiative in solving the problem, the more our planet will continue to suffer. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of trash that’s littered throughout your neighborhood or community, take some simple next steps to ensure that you’re doing everything that’s within your power.

It’s helped to have a clean-up bag on-hand so that you can seamlessly pick up any pieces of trash, without having the burden of carrying them around on your own. Whether you’re walking, driving or even biking, having a trash bag with you at your disposal will allow you at least clean up your immediate environment. 

Organize A Community-Wide Litter Pick

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed by the amount of trash in your community, then consider it a sign to involve the community in your cleanup efforts. This sort of initiative will achieve two things—first, you’ll have even more people involved and eager to make the world a better and healthier place alongside you. Second, you’ll get to know your neighbors better, and you’ll all be bonded by a greater sense of community. We’re not meant to do life alone!

Make Your Neighborhood Your Next DIY Project

Since home painting projects are super on-trend right now, maybe you should consider putting your artistic skills to better—and bigger—use. That is, with the permission of your city council or local representative, of course. If you’d like to repaint walls or sidewalks that are visibly starting to show some wear, take the necessary steps to launch the project. And remember to involve your neighbors in the initiative too!

Recycle—And Tell Others to Do the Same

While it feels like the concept of recycling has been drilled in our heads pretty consistently over the years, there’s still a huge demographic of people who fail to recycle in their own homes. Taking the initiative to recycle products or items will limit excessive waste—most of which often ends up in the streets of our own neighborhoods. Being intentional about how we live or how we can get better is the simplest way to show love and appreciation to our planet.

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  1. Great article, thank you! I get frustrated seeing usable donatable items on bulk trash pickup weeks that with a phone call or email, could go to someone who would benefit from that item. Yes, some may need repair, but can still be reused. My husband & I pick up trash in the neighborhood on our daily walks. Many of that is recycleable single use plastic.
    Going to ask our HOA about coordinating a charity pick up instead of having things end up in the landfill. Slow, but one step at a time.

    • You’re absolutely right—one step at a time is a great mindset to have! We’re so glad that you liked this article. Thanks for sharing the ways that you’re working to keep your community clean, and keep up the good work!


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