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What are "stations" and how do people use them?


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A station is a trash bag dispenser and a drop off bin found at a trail head, swimming hole, park or in your local neighborhood.  Our program is based on a points and rewards system. For every trash bag you attempt to fill up with litter you get 3 points, and for every mile you walk you get 1 point. After you bring your bags back to a station (trash bag dispenser and drop off bin), drop your trash off in the bin, fill out an informational slip, and then Greensteps will contact you with a variety of prizes to choose from. You then can pick a prize that’s within your category (10 points=category 1 prizes, 20=category 2 prizes and so on). Each ten points is added to your last ten points (meaning your points aren’t removed when you cash in, they accumulate until the end of the year), so getting awesome prizes is easy.




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Why is Greensteps crowd funding right now, and not talking to local government agencies to help with funding and grants?


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 Greensteps is working closely with government agencies such as the Scenic Cities Beautiful commission, and TDOT for future sponsorship. We are crowd funding in the mean time, in order to show these foundations and government agencies that this is program can be achievable within the community. Funding will be an ongoing process throughout the pilot program.


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Can the owner give a more descriptive detail on the the sustainability of this business?


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Once we find long term funding, we will be kicking off our full program, but for the pilot program we are keeping it as simple as possible. , The goal of this pilot program is to document community engagement, response, and the programs feasibility before asking for long term funding from foundations or Agencies.


Will these trash bins be animal proof?Do weekly checks take place?

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The bins will be locked, and participants will put their trash through a hole at the top. This hole will be just big enough for our medium sized bags, but not big enough that people could have the opportunity to throw their own personal trash in it. we will be servicing all stations twice a week, and we will keep an eye on the condition of these stations and repair or replace them if necessary. Also, if for any reason the litter does make its way outside of the bin, we will personally clean up the site, and our bags are bio-degradable, so besides the litter that was already there before, there should be no additional hazardous material present to wildlife.

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Does this promote more trash to be brought in and left due to over use?

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The stations should be seen as a preventative measure. As long as they are fully equipped and well maintained (which as I mentioned before, will be twice a week), they should help decrease the rate of trash being left around. If we need to service the stations more than twice a week, then we are happy to do so.

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