Last weekend, two million people in the United States participated in National CleanUp Day. Among the volunteers were RoadRunner employees who spent the day collecting trash near our Headquarters in Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods. As a group of people who are particularity passionate about the proper management of waste, we always look for opportunities to get involved and help clean up our community. Read on to learn more about National CleanUp Day and what the participating team members from RoadRunner thought of the experience!
What Is National CleanUp Day?
National CleanUp Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in September in conjunction with World CleanUp day. With over 170 participating countries and millions of participants, volunteers throughout the world unite to tackle global waste. Through its collaboration with Keep America Beautiful, Let's Do It World, and Earth Day Network, National CleanUp Day's goal is to inspire volunteers to make positive impacts on our environment. This year, cleanups took place throughout the country in city streets, beaches, parks, trails, mountains and other public areas.
National CleanUp Day was created to answer the question, "What would happen if everyone picked up at least one piece of litter on National CleanUp Day?" Co-founders, Steve Jewett and Bill Willoughby note that studies show the biggest indicator that someone will pick up litter is if they witness someone else doing it. Knowing that most people want to do the right thing, they incentivized people throughout the United States to get involved and make a difference on one day. Litter and the proper management of trash is a challenge for every community, but these cleanups give the world the opportunity to make a significant positive change!
What We Learned
Throughout the day, RoadRunner team members picked up and discarded litter waste from a variety of areas, including city streets, local parks, and neighborhoods. While we were volunteering, it got us thinking about the greater problem surrounding recycling. Most of the litter we collected could have been recycled if it was disposed of properly. Instead, it was left in the environment, or managed improperly, polluting our local environment.
National CleanUp Day is a great reminder that reducing, reusing, and recycling our waste is vital for preserving the health of our communities, and that lending a helping hand can make a big difference. Something as simple as picking up litter when we're enjoying our parks, going for a run on a local trail, or taking a walk during a lunch break, can make a positive impact, and hopefully inspire others to get involved as well.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
If you participated in CleanUp Day, use the hashtags #NationalCleanUpDay and #SeaToShiningSea to share your photos. If you're looking for more ways to get involved, here are some upcoming events we encourage you to check out:
- The entire month of September is Clean Trails Month
- National Public Lands Day is Saturday, September 28, 2019
- Sustainability Day is the last Wednesday of October (October 30th)
- America Recycles Day is November 15
Which event should we be checking out next? We are always looking for ways to get involved and positively impact our communities! Let us know in the comments section below. If you want to learn more about RoadRunner and our company, check out our company page here. Thanks for reading!