Litter Picking: How it benefits businesses.

What are your immediate thoughts about your organisation picking up other’s rubbish and litter from the ground?

Do you recoil at the thought, respect those who do it or resonate because you do it on the regular? Either way, we want to encourage individuals, organisations and businesses to consider adding litter picking to their annual calendar or monthly schedule. We do understand businesses and organisations are on a tight budget with time and staff and it can seem naïve to book in a time for a litter pick – however it does have benefits aside from removing rubbish from the environment.

Litter picking is a staff welfare activity.

Improving mental health in the workplace and in people’s daily lives is a hot topic (and rightly so!) Did you know that litter picking has a range of health benefits – both physical and mental. You can’t underestimate the positive impact a 15 min litter pick will have for your staff, volunteers and all of us in the workplace.

Connecting with Nature – Litter picking is not just an effective way to clean up outdoor spaces, but it can also have a positive impact on people’s connection to nature. According to research, litter picking can increase people’s nature connectedness, which is defined as “the extent to which individuals include nature as part of their identity”.

Good for the Body and Brain – You have to move and walk about to find and grab that litter – . Movement is not only good for the body but also for the brain. Shane O’Mara, a Professor of Experimental Brain Research, explains this in his book “In Praise of Walking”. According to him, aerobic exercise helps in producing molecules that keep the brain healthy. O’Mara recommends regular and rhythmic walking throughout the day to promote brain health. He emphasises that going to the gym for an hour and then returning to a sedentary lifestyle is not enough. If you want to move more try PLOGGING – a Swedish trend that combines jogging and litter picking.

Community and Achievement – When people come together to participate in a litter picking event, they are working towards a common goal of improving their community and the environment. This shared purpose can create a sense of camaraderie and belonging among participants, leading to a stronger sense of community. Additionally, working together towards a common goal can foster a sense of achievement and pride in one’s accomplishments, which can further strengthen the sense of community among participants.

Add litter picking to your organisation’s environmental policy.

Adding annual litter picking to your company’s environmental policy can be beneficial for your business in several ways.

It is a simple, inexpensive and impactful demonstration to your customers and stakeholders that your company is committed to environmental sustainability and taking action to address environmental issues. This can enhance your reputation and brand image, which can lead to increased customer loyalty and positive word-of-mouth marketing.

Also, adding annual litter picking to your company’s environmental policy can also help to promote a culture of environmental responsibility and sustainability within your organisation. This can lead to increased employee engagement and motivation, as well as improved environmental performance across all aspects of your business.

A creative boost for your company

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking,” a line from Nietzsche that has been found to be true.

Are you looking for a way to boost your creativity and generate more ideas within your company? Maybe take your next ideas meeting outside during a litter pick…

According to researchers at Stanford University, the answer could be as simple as taking a walk – and whilst you are at it you might as well pick up some litter with your colleagues! The study found that walking can increase your creative output by an impressive 60 %. If you’re looking to brainstorm with your team, the researchers recommend taking a 15 to 20-minute walk, as this can lead to generating twice as many ideas as sitting at your desks.

Picking up litter keeps your business surroundings cleaner.

No one wants to see rubbish flying around near a workplace – you can create a more pleasant and inviting environment for customers and employees by picking up litter and improving the appearance of your business’s surroundings. This can contribute to a better customer experience and improved employee morale and productivity.

Also, litter picking can help to reduce the environmental impact of your business by preventing unwanted rubbish from entering nearby waterways and ecosystems. This can help to protect wildlife and maintain the ecological balance of your businesses and the surrounding area.

Share the rubbish on socials.

Get that cheesy team photo and add it to your social media content calendar. You’ve done a good thing so let everyone know about it. Litter picking event photos can include the location, the amount of rubbish collected and showcasing all the above reasons. Sharing on social media can be beneficial for several reasons:

  • It can help to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment and the impact of litter on our communities and ecosystems.
  • It can showcase your company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility, which can enhance your brand image and reputation.
  • It can inspire other businesses, organisations and individuals to take action and participate in similar events, leading to a greater impact in the community.
  • It can foster a sense of community and engagement among event participants and those who follow your company on social media.
  • It can create a positive impact on the environment and provide a visual representation of the difference the event made.

By sharing photos of your litter picking event on social media, you can engage with your audience, inspire positive action, and demonstrate your company’s commitment to making a difference.

Organise a litter pick for your organisation

Why? Because even though the act is small, if one small team can be responsible for removing a few pieces of rubbish that would have otherwise stayed in our environment for hundreds of years. That’s a long time to make a difference for.

Here are some simple steps to organising a company litter pick:

Gather supplies: Purchase or gather the necessary supplies, such as gloves, trash bags, and litter pickers. If you are an organisation in the Falmouth and Cornwall Area, contact Passmore Cleaning. We have a local initiative to provide supplies for any organisation looking to carry out a litter pick – FREE OF CHARGE!

Choose a location: Select a location that requires litter picking and obtain permission from the relevant authorities or landowners.

Set a date and time: Choose a date and time that works for your team and ensures maximum participation.

Promote the event: Use email, social media, and other communication channels to promote the event and encourage participation among your staff, stakeholders and customers.

Provide instructions: Provide instructions to participants on how to safely pick up litter and dispose of it properly.

Conduct the litter pick: On the day of the event, lead your team in picking up litter and properly disposing of it.

Document the event: Take photos and videos of the event to share on social media and other communication channels.

Follow up: Thank staff and attendees for their efforts and follow up with any necessary post-event actions, such as disposing of collected litter or reporting any hazardous materials.

By following these simple steps, your company can organise a successful litter pick that not only benefits the environment but also promotes teamwork and a sense of community among your team members and business.

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