National CleanUp Day is an annual event that takes place the third Saturday of September and is dedicated to encouraging everyone to commit to picking up even one piece of trash in their local community. This year’s event falls on September 21st, and it’s a wonderful day to teach children about the importance of their contributions in keeping the world around them beautiful.
The organization features several ways to participate, from creating your own event to joining one that has already been established. We’ve compiled simple ideas for National CleanUp Day contribution from the beach to the mountains along with ways you can implement positive daily civic-minded habits throughout the year.
7 Tips for National Cleanup Day Participation
Cleaning Up Starts at Home
Parents and teachers of little ones have probably sung the “clean up, clean up, everybody clean up” song hundreds of times. Teaching children at the youngest possible age to pick up after themselves whether it is toys at school, putting their plate in the sink, or throwing out their trash helps instill positive habits from the beginning.
Cleaning Up On-the-Go
Whenever kids visit a local playground, beach on vacation, or go for a hike, bring an extra bag with you whenever feasible so you can pick up lost water bottle caps, wrappers, and toys you discover along the way. It’s helpful to reinforce why it is so crucial by teaching children about how animals and the Earth are negatively impacted by the trash left behind.
Other Good Habits
Extend the Earth love long after National CleanUp Day by leading by example and teaching children about the importance of recycling, reducing plastic consumption (we’re looking at you, plastic water bottles), joining local chapters of organizations such as Keep America Beautiful, supporting businesses committed to utilizing eco-friendly materials, and finding other ways to give back.
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Happy National CleanUp Day!