Picking up that piece of litter left by someone else is not necessarily a habit for most people. But, it could be. Keep Arkansas Beautiful challenges YOU to take a play out of the Great American Cleanup’s handbook this year and help clean YOUR block! According to B.J. Fogg, a psychologist and researcher at Stanford University who has studied behavior change for more than 20 years, one needs to design behavior changes that are both easy to do and can be seamlessly slipped into your existing routine. Consider these:
Pick Up Someone Else’s Litter
While walking into work tomorrow, find one piece of someone else’s litter and throw it away – that’s achievable, right? By doing so, you can help transform public places into beautiful spaces, and your peers will notice. This small act shows civic pride in your community and can aid you in helping others create an environmentally healthy and socially connected neighborhood for everyone.
Recycle Your Plastic Bottles
The first step with this action is washing out your plastic bottles. Did you know an item cannot be recycled unless it is cleared of all food and waste particles? That’s one of the biggest reasons that most of our items never actually become recycled but end up in landfills. Do your environment a favor and wash out your plastic bottles before tossing them into the recycling bin. You will find, as time goes on, that recycling other items will become easier and part of your daily habit.
Start small and volunteer for a local cleanup! Community organizations across the state host local cleanups and litter pickups annually. Check out the Calendar of Events on the KAB website to find an event near you. Last year’s spring Great American Cleanup yielded 160 local events across the state involving nearly 7,000 Arkansans, who picked up more than 290,000 pounds of litter and collected over 839,000 pounds of bulky waste, from roughly 780 miles of roadsides and shorelines. For those interested in organizing a Great American Cleanup event in their community, a registration form and how-to video can be found at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com.
Developing tiny habits such as these can make a big difference in your personal life and your community. Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” So, be excellent today and tackle those tiny habits with gusto! Before you know it, you can create a cleaner, greener space for you and the community around you.