As we all know, we are using the Hashtags and viral challenges normally to signify funny or iconic moments. However, it is not only for fun, but we can also use it in order to support saving our mother earth.

Out of the 1.3 billion tonnes of household waste generated per year, only about 258-368 million tons of trash end up in one of the 50 largest dumpsites. As waste spreads it, it ultimately makes its way to the oceans, every year, 8 million tons of garbage is added to our oceans, 80 % of it is from mainland waste. Fortunately, this hashtag #trashtag strategy has implemented in order to reduce this trash problem. Therefore, people are challenged to take a photo in advance of an area that needs to be cleanup, followed by an after photo of the cleaned area.

However, one person was succeeded in doing this challenge and a Reddit user posted a screenshot of this person with a nice caption. “Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it here.”

You may able to see some more best photos of an environmentally-friendly hashtag. Scroll down and share your thoughts.


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Here’s my contribution to #trashtag. My (large) family and I cleaned up this beach we camped near over the summer

Even when waste is put into dump sites it finds other ways of getting out into the world. As trash decomposes it can release toxins and harmful chemicals that leak into the soil, which then spreads into the water and air. While this can seem like a slow process that might not directly affect you, improper waste management can have deadly consequences in real time. In 1998 and 1999 thousands of people were killed in Bangladesh by flood waters caused by piled up waste in the sewers.


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#trashtag seems to be trending. This one’s from Nepal


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#trashtag Manila Bay has been considered one of the dirtiest bays across the world. After 11 years, the Supreme Court finally issued a cleanup order which thousands of volunteers joined last January 27, 2019.

Worldwide, each individual person generates an average of 0.74 kilograms of waste per day, but ranges widely, from 0.11 to 4.54 kilograms. High-income countries generate about 34 percent, or 683 million tonnes, of the world’s waste, even though they only account for 16 percent of the world’s population.


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Around 500 volunteers helped with the cleanup of 5 million kg of trash from this Mumbai beach.


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This should be the new challenge to make the world a better place

Americans love to supersize everything and that includes waste. Even though Americans make up roughly 5% of the world’s population, they generate close to 40% of the world’s total waste.


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Just one of the many days cleaning up our local waterways. Featuring Selma Kayak and Large Marge the Garbage Barge


3 women cleaned up this area together.
3 women cleaned up this area together.

While every tip of the planet seems to be filled with waste, the only place where you can almost escape the endless litter is Antartica. It is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, a treaty that prohibits military activity, mineral mining, nuclear explosions, and nuclear waste disposal.


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This is just a work of an hour! #trashtag


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Took me a few days, but finally finished!!

Landfills are the designated place where trash belongs and with so much waste being thrown in them things get densely packed in. For trash degradation, it goes through an anaerobic process (without air), which creates huge amounts of methane gas – a greenhouse gas with an environmental impact 25x greater than carbon dioxide.


school kids cleaning trash
Students from @tetsocollege, Dimapur, accepted the #Trashtag challenge


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#trashtag from Vietnam, youngsters gather voluntarily to clean up the environment and to raise public awareness

You might not think of plastic packaging and food to be equals, but food does fall under the waste category. Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year (approximately 1.3 billion tons) is wasted. Each American throws out around 1,2000 pounds of organic garbage that could be composted.


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The community in my home town in Mexico got together and cleaned up garbage

Annually, more than 14 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the world’s ocean (mainly marine life toxic plastic). This has contributed to what is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or Pacific trash vortex, a cluster of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean that is twice the size of the U.S.


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Took the whole Sunday morning for 10 people. But finally completed the #trashtag challenge


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My aunt is a 70-year-old retired school teacher and she has been making these signs and going around cleaning up our neighborhood in the Bronx for a few months now #Trashtag

Ever think about what happened to that outdated flip phone of yours? It probably ended up in a landfill along with the over 140 million cell phones thrown into landfills by Americans yearly. Every year, over 50 million tons of electronic waste like cell phones, computers, TVs, etc are created.


Along the Potomac River south of Washington, DC. We have to clean up the existing mess, but bottle deposit laws and styrofoam bans would prevent most of it. Contact your local, state, and federal representatives and insist on this.


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People are starting to accept the challenge


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These people went above and beyond #trashtag


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There’s an organization I volunteer at and we basically do cleanups like this in the city. Places that have been forgotten by the local government and make them accessible for the public


kids cleaning trash on the beach
Love seeing this become a challenge! Keeping the beaches clean here in Florida


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We’ve picked up tons from Durban beaches over the years


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40 Norwegian Folk High School students from Alta spent one-week picking trash at a local beach, gathering a total of 12,400kg


old lady collecting trash
We did our first “official” beach clean-up in Belize that past December. Before this I’d say we were classified as “beach(trash)combers”, picking up the odd straw and plastic bottle we saw on our walks. However, for Belize, we traveled there with the intention of dedicating time to picking up any trash we came across on our hikes and beach walks. We even created a social media “clean-up crew” by partnering with other travelers to do a clean-up with us at the same time.




trees near cars
Another #trashtag challenge accepted! Help keep our streets clean


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Cleaning up floating debris in Jamaica Bay, NY


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My girlfriend and I do our part for #trashtag at the beach the other day


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South Africa


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Decided to pick up trash for my birthday and filled up 4 bags


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Did our part today for #trashtag while offroading in the mountains of California
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