Our mission is to educate, encourage and enable the community to come together and eradicate litter around popular trails, parks, open spaces and city limits. We focus our efforts on community engagement and incentivizing the act of throwing away litter.
To put it simply, we give people prizes for picking up litter!
How it works
1. monthly community clean-ups: Our community cleanups are designed to give the public an opportunity to come together and pick up litter around trails, parks, open spaces, neighborhoods and city limits. Our cleanup events always include prizes and free food for those who participate and on average, we have about 50-80 participants per event. We can discard anything from large items to bags of trash that were collected by our volunteers. Community events are imperative to the program because they emphasize the need for personal and communal interface with nature, in addition to creating a space for volunteers to be more involved with Green Steps.
2. Litter mobile site:
you can use any bag of any size to log points. 1 bag=1 point. 1 point=$1.00.
Go to Greenstepsapp.com, create a profile and log your points.
Once you have a minimum of 5 points, you can redeem your points at any time for a gift card of your choice.
you can accumulate 30 points per month.
Litter Stations: we have 17 stations around the Chattanooga area. Our stations give people the resources they need to pick up and throw away litter. Each Station includes a trash bag dispenser and trash bin. The bags are as big as a grocery bag and are of biodegradable quality.
3. Educational outreach programs: We believe that the solution to this pervasive problem goes beyond just picking up litter, which is why we have launched our educational outreach program. The goal of this program is to teach kids about the environmental and health hazards of littering, through interactive lessons. We also do outreach days at local hangout spots, where we talk to the public about why it’s important to keep our parks, neighborhoods, city and recreational spaces litter-free. Afterwards we challenge them to pick up a small bag of litter for a local prize (ice cream ect...).
How you can help