There are things I love about winter, but the amount of trash that gets left behind once the snow melts isn’t one of them. Recently I took to one of my favorite spots and decided to take matters into my own hands. While it would be easier to sit and complain about the amount of trash around my favorite park what’s stopping me from being the one to take action?
Recently I was approached by Glad to help spread awareness about some their across country cleanups. For over 6 years Glad has been working to support cleanup initiatives in cities all across Canada. Committed to keeping Canadian cities clean Glad is a company that cares about waste diversion.
Glad wants to support communities and cities across the country to keep Canada clean. To date, Glad participated in 14 city cleanups across the country from Vancouver to Nova Scotia. They provide Glad products to partner cities (like they did for me for this post) including garbage, recycling, and compostable bags. Through various touch points, the cities provide the bags to community members, to help them clean up their neighborhoods, and encourage waste diversion.
The Great Nova Scotia Pick Me UP program runs at various times throughout the Spring, and is Nova Scotias’ largest volunteer-driven community clean-up program, promoting litter clean-ups across the province. Since their start in 1988, Clean Foundation has provided supplies and support to participants (individuals, groups, businesses, schools) to carry out community-based clean-ups.
Litter is an eyesore, poses health risks, affects water quality, and is often mistaken as food by wildlife. And studies show that litter begets litter, meaning people tend to litter in areas where there is already garbage on the ground. And it’s so true, cleaning up the beach really was eye opening to me.
I didn’t realize how much garbage there actually was until I started to clean it up.
From empty cigarette packages to a plethora of plastic bottle caps to fast food wrappers there was no shortage of items to pick up. I filled an entire bag by the end of it, and I only did a small section of the beach. I couldn’t help but think about the ducks that were swimming by, and the seagulls overhead they could easily mistake this garbage for food, not to mention it’s just sad to see such a beautiful park full of litter.
If you want to take action please considering joining thousands of other Nova Scotians in making our province beautiful and healthy. Clean-ups can take place anytime throughout the year and at any location you like. This can include shoreline, parks, your school, or any outdoor space that you value. You can learn more about how you can get involved too by clicking here.
I think if we all work together we can make a really big impact!
This post has been sponsored by Glad, however, all opinions expressed are my own.