Help clean up the Northern Strand while practicing social distancing
We’re excited to see so many people using the Northern Strand these days! But we’ve also noticed some litter along trail. Before all the plants wake up, this is a great time of year to clean up all that waste. We normally hold in-person group cleanup events but don’t think that’s a good idea right now. So until things return to normal, consider going out to the Northern Strand on your own and completing the #SoloTrailCleanup!
Completing it will be a nice little pick-me-up and your community will certainly appreciate your efforts!
#SoloTrailCleanup in 5 Steps
Get supplies: work gloves, trash bags, and a face mask (if you’re in a high-risk demographic – more info)
Head out to the trail. Choose an area of the trail and take a quick picture before you start, like:
Clean up as much of the area as you can while staying 6 ft. (or more) away from anyone else along the path. Take a quick picture when you’re done, like:
Also take a picture of yourself with your loot!
Take the trash and put it in a public trash bin/dumpster or bring it home and put it in your own trash bin. Be sure to throw your gloves directly into the laundry and wash your hands thoroughly, as well as disinfect your phone before doing anything else.
Post your pictures on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and tag them with #SoloTrailCleanup, #NorthernStrandCommunityTrail, and @Bike To The Sea (and/or @BikeToTheSea / @b2c_trails if you’re using Twitter / Instagram). Please describe your experience and add more pictures if you like! And don’t forget to share the challenge with your friends.
Praises & Prizes
First of all, thanks so much for all your hard work! In addition to receiving our praise, we will be giving away gift certificates to local restaurants to some lucky participants who have completed the challenge, selected at random.
Remember to follow the rules listed above in order to be considered for the gift certificate prizes!
Can we do this in another state or country?
Absolutely! If you know of a trail or path that could benefit from something like this, absolutely feel free to use the same hash tag and/or any of our rules and suggestions 🙂
Are there any other challenges we can do?
Yep! One of our partner organizations, Mystic River Watershed Association, also has a similar challenge for cleanups around the Mystic River called #MysticTrashTag – if you live nearby the Mystic River, consider doing that too!
What if I don’t have any social media accounts? Can I still participate?
Of course! Just send your pictures and a note about your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’re happy to put up a post for you 🙂