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Pick It Up FoCo

Looking for a way to be virtually connected to the community, get outside AND make a difference? The Pick It Up FoCo Challenge is on! While you are out on a run, hunting for teddy bears, or walking your dog, consider picking up litter too. Use the Litterati app to help collect data about single-use plastics to inform decision-makers while the community discusses how to keep plastics out of the environment.

 

Join the community challenge to pick up 5,000 pieces of litter before June 1. Stop single-use plastics in their tracks before they impact wildlife and our waterways. You'll inform the plastic pollution policy discussion with the data you collect and the thoughts you share.

Step 1: Decide Who's Helping and Where To Go

Step 2: Watch the Safety Video

Step 3: Gather Supplies

Step 4: Download the Litterati App and Tag What You Find

Step 5: Tell Us What You Think

Step 1: Decide Who's Helping and Where To Go

Step 1: Decide Who's Helping and Where To Go
 

Are you going out solo or getting the whole household out? Make a plan for where you'll go. Find a spot to pick up litter right outside your front door. The best and most impactful place to start is in your neighborhood. Stop litter before it gets to the river! 

Step 2: Watch the Safety Video

Watch the entire video below to learn how to stay safe.

What should I bring?
  • sturdy garden gloves
  • thick-soled, closed-toe shoes
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • long pants and long-sleeved shirts to avoid contact with poison ivy
  • safety vests (for youth groups and cleanups near roads)
  • hand sanitizer
  • sunscreen
  • bug repellant
  • reusable water bottle
  • a light snack
  • trash bag- be sure to dispose of your trash properly.
  • trash grabber
  • A Note About Safety: Wash your gloves and your hands in hot water and soap after picking up trash. Do not touch exposed skin with your gloves. Use hand sanitizer between picking up trash and logging data on the app. We recommend reusing a plastic grocery bag to collect trash. You may consider buying a grabber tool as well.
  • Make Your Own Trash Pickup Grabber Tool: To make pickup and taking photos even easier, you can also create your own grabber tool. Inspired by multiple pioneering members of the Litterati Community, there are now simple instructions to DIY assemble a DataGrabber tool that simultaneously picks up litter & collects data.
What do I do if I come across unsafe items?

Please report to Access Fort Collins.

Other Resources - 

Natural Areas Ranger: (970) 416-2147

Park Ranger: (970) 566-1112

Police Non-Emergency line: (970) 419-3273

Step 3: Gather Supplies

Step 3: Gather Supplies
 

Get your supplies ready. Grab some gardening gloves, close toed shoes and a trash bag. Wash your gloves and your hands in hot water and soap after picking up trash. Do not touch exposed skin with your gloves. Use hand sanitizer between picking up trash and logging data on the app. We recommend reusing a plastic grocery bag to collect trash. You may consider buying a grabber tool as well. 

To make pickup and taking photos even easier, you can also create your own grabber tool. Inspired by multiple pioneering members of the Litterati Community, there are now simple instructions to DIY assemble a DataGrabber tool that simultaneously picks up litter & collects data.

Step 4: Download the Litterati App

Step 4: Download the Litterati App
 

Download the App

Step 5: Tell Us What You Think

Step 5: Tell Us What You Think
 

Participating in this challenge multiplies your impact. Data collected through the Litterati app will help inform City policy on mitigating plastic pollution. 

Have ideas on how Fort Collins can reduce plastic pollution? In an ideal world, how and when would we use plastic items in Fort Collins? Is there a plastic item you really care about, one way or the other? 

Tell us your thoughts and help inform the plastic pollution policy discussion at ourcity.fcgov.com/plastics 

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