Want to know more about how we act or how you can get involved locally? Below you can find answers to frequently asked questions.
WHo created litterhero?
Martin Thompson is the originator of the Litter Hero idea. Because he could no longer stand the situation he faced every day in the place where he lives in relation to waste, he decided to create an initiative that would enable individuals to act locally!
Do you only act in beach and forest clean ups?
We operate everywhere! We want to dispose of waste and raise awareness about waste wherever it exists.
Do you only work through clean up events?
Not at all. Events are just one of the tools you can use to raise awareness, get more members, and get to know the group's work.
BEYOND EVENTS, HOW CAN I get involved?
What we believe makes the difference is local action by one or more individuals. If one person takes care of the rubbish from your street, and every day while you go to work picks up 1 bag, the chances of that place being cleaned and other people not throwing trash to the floor is much higher.
How can i create a new litterhero group?
We have this information in our local group guidelines. However, just get in touch via the Litter Hero Facebook page and indicate that you want to create a group in a certain area. If a group does not exist yet we will request an image of your location so we can edit and use it as a group cover photo
Can I create a local group that operates in multiple locations?
Groups should, from the outset, be associated with one location only (city, neighborhood, parish) to make group and member management easier and because we want groups to be as local, active and autonomous as possible.
There is already a group for my area, can I make a smaller local sub-group?
Yes you can. Facebook allows you to create groups within groups, so if you want to create the group Alfama (Parish of Lisbon) you must be associated with the group Litter Hero Lisbon. However it is important to coordinate with the initial group administrator so that events / actions can be done together and to bring people together.
SHOULD I NOTICE TO PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS ABOUT MY INDIVIDUAL LOCAL CLEANING ACTIONS?
If you plan to have more than around 10 people, it is always good to show the institutions and even society in general what we are doing to take care of the public space, so yes! Plus the more you share (via email, Facebook page, talking directly to boards or camera) the more attention is paid to the problem and the more likely it is addressed, solved or improved!
Where can I buy litter pickers?
SHOULD I SEPARATE WASTE WHEN I DO MY clean ups?
It always depends on the situation. Whenever possible, do it. But sometimes when we are alone and there are no recycling bins around it is complicated to be sorting out the trash. You can collect only the plastic in the first pass for example, and the next time pick up the undifferentiated garbage. Always remember: it is better to collect and not to separate than not to collect at all!
Can children participate in clean up events?
Absolutely! Usually kids love to do these activities that involve movement and discovery! Obviously, more care is needed in terms of the safety of the place and the objects being picked up so they encourage picking up non sharp objects, syringes, practical bottles etc.
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