Clean trash and win a treat this Halloween

Pick up trash any time during the week of Make A Difference Day (and Halloween), October 21st–November 1st. Most trash cleaned up wins a prize! | October 13, 2020

Submit a pic of your cleanup

Don your favorite costume and hunt down the Trash Monster. Keep water trash-free during COVID’s increase of single-use items.

We invite you to remove trash from Whatcom County for Make A Difference Day! Take photos of all the bags of litter you picked up, and you or your class can win a prize if you submit a photo.

WHO: Anyone should participate and the group that cleans the most trash can win RE Sources t-shirts, handmade soaps by Sea Witch Botanicals, and a gift certificate to an ocean-friendly restaurant! Are you a teacher or a K-12 student? Check out this page for how your class can participate and win a Stewardship Kit valued at $150!

WHEN: Do your cleanup any time between October 21st and November 1st. Photo submissions for chance at prizes are due by 5:00 p.m. November 1st. Submit photos to Kirsten here!

WHERE: We encourage you to clean up your own neighborhoods and your favorite parks, trails, and beaches. But if nothing comes to mind, we’ve identified some trash hotspots on this map.

HOW: Follow these protocols to protect yourself and watch the above video for tips!

And perhaps most importantly, WHY: Our community can keep waterways cleaner during COVID, a time when increased use of single-use items has led to worse plastic pollution and litter entering our waters. Animals get tangled up in it, they choke on it, and even get poisoned by it. Most of the garbage in our oceans and waterways originates from land, so picking up garbage in our neighborhoods and cities not only helps the animals and plants living on land, but organisms in the water too.

Prizes: Handmade soaps from Sea Witch Botanicals, RE Sources t-shirts, and a gift certificate for an ocean-friendly restaurant!

Safety protocol Map of trash hotspots to clean Send a photo to win prizes

Need more information? Are you a teacher and need ways to incorporate this into your classroom?

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If you’re participating on your own or with a small group and have questions, contact Kirsten at