The internet is being flooded with photos of people across the world cleaning up garbage in a new trend known as “The #Trashtag Challenge”.
In order to participate, all you have to do is:
- Find an area overrun with garbage
- Take a “before” picture of the filth
- Pick up the garbage in that area
- Take an “after” photo of the new and improved location
- Post your “before” and “after” photos online using “#trashtag”
— Robbie McNeil (@RMcNeil2105) March 10, 2019
People have taken to social media to participate, as well as express their excitement for an internet trend with a real purpose.
Hey kids. Remember the Harlem shake..the water bottle flip challenge..the mannequin challenge..? At last, something meaningful is about to drop globally – #trashtag – take a before and after shot of major tidying efforts. You heard it here first, kids. @CognitaSchools #CognitaWay pic.twitter.com/pp873OGNP2
— Andy Perryer (@andyperryer) March 10, 2019
Similar trends have taken place in the past, but this version of trash collecting initiatives in particular, seems to have really taken off.
Although some have argued this trend is simply a case of relocating garbage (to the dump), rather than get rid of it, it is certainly a step in the right direction. There are larger issues at play when it comes to waste production in today’s day and age, but at least #trashtag is helping to remove garbage from places it should have never been in the first place.
— City Dave (@daavidcabrera_) March 10, 2019
Little by little, people are coming together to restore the beauty in their woods, their beaches, their parks, their water… and we’re here for it!
Search #trashtag on any social platform to see how others are getting involved or better yet, do your part and share your own #trashtag.