Dedicated to keeping Tennessee beautiful.

 
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Mission

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. Trash Stations: 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. Each bag is worth 4 points and every mile walked is worth 1 point. After participants fill up their bags with litter, they are then instructed to fill out a log form at the station, which is then collected by Green Steps. We then contact each participant and send them a prize of their choice for every 10 points=small prize, 20 points=medium prize, and 30 points= big prize. Once they hit 30 points, their points are reset to 0.


We will soon be  installing stations all around the inner city limits (including neighborhoods) by spring time, which will be accompanied by the launch of our official app. This will allow people to pin point trashed areas for others, log their points, send us pictures of the trash they collected for accountability purposes, and receive their prizes through the app.  

 

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...).

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How you can help

 

Sponsor a station, or donate prizes

 

Support us through general funding

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