Earth Day Cleanup Challenge Returned 

New Pioneers’ second annual Earth Day Cleanup Challenge took place on Mon., April 19 – Sun., April 25! Cleanups were done individually or in small groups, on any land or waterway where litter was found.

Participants who took pictures of their cleanup and shared them with New Pioneers during Earth Week were entered to win a package of sustainable living items. Cleanup pictures were shared on Facebook and Instagram or emailed to using the hashtags #npcleanup2021 and #restoreourearth  

To go the extra mile, participants could register their cleanup with the Great Global Cleanup and use the Earth Challenge App to log their litter. This was a great opportunity for students, families, and individuals who wanted to be a part of the world’s largest citizen science initiative! 

Participants were asked to practice the following cleanup safety guidelines: 

           – Choose a safe time and location.
         – Wear gloves and a mask, and never touch litter directly. BBQ                     tongs, salad  tongs, or other pickup devices can help distance you             and the litter.

         – Only pick up litter that is safe to handle and can be easily                             disposed  of  or recycled.
– Be careful picking up glass. If unsure, leave it alone.

         – Practice social distancing, sanitize, and properly dispose of PPE. 

Volunteers did their part to make our planet cleaner and greener. Mother Nature  appreciated their time and effort! 

Bethlehem High School Bio Club Member Lily Clark and friend participating in our Earth Day Cleanup Challenge

Jessie Rathburn and Andy Dyrsten cleanup in Marion County


The Earth Day Cleanup Challenge prize package included:

–  Brita Stream water pitcher
–  32 oz Nalgene water bottle
–  Reusable shopping bag
–  9.5W LED bulb
–  Reusable bamboo straw and coconut fiber brush
–  Endangered Species mint and dark chocolate

These items helped our lucky winner say goodbye to single-use plastics (like water bottles, bags, and straws), reduce energy costs, and save wildlife. And, if that wasn’t enough, all of these goodies were purchased locally!

Earth Day Cleanup Challenge FAQs

Do cleanups really make a difference?

Yes! Cleanups reduce waste and plastic pollution, improve habitats, prevent harm to wildlife and humans, and even lead to larger environmental action.

What is the Great Global Cleanup?

The Great Global Cleanup is EARTHDAY.ORG’S flagship volunteer program to remove litter from our lands and waterways. Together with partners around the world, the campaign mobilizes millions of volunteers and coordinates tens of thousands of cleanups.

What is the Global Earth Challenge?

Also an EARTHDAY.ORG  initiative, the Global Earth Challenge is the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign. The project works to integrate existing citizen science projects, as well as build the capacity for new ones — all as part of a larger effort to grow citizen science worldwide.

By using the Earth Challenge App, you can submit data about your local environment that meets scientific standards for use in future research. When doing an individual or small group cleanup, log in to the app and track the trash you collect. Your data will be added to a database with thousands of other citizen scientists around the world!

What is citizen science?

Accoding to National Geographic, “citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs.”

A group of 2021 volunteers from Willisburg, KY celebrate after bagging their cleanup.