WHO ARE WE

Trash Pirates was created by a small military family who has a big passion for the environment. While taking family walks, the Millers noticed trash in local parks, on walkways, and on the side of the road. Wanting to improve every community they live and vacation in, they began picking up trash and properly disposing of it. 

During one walk, their son, who was seven at the time, declared them the Trash Pirates, because they Hunt for Trash. The name stuck and the movement began. 

The leader of the pack, Jenna, is a Climate Reality Leader trained by Former Vice President Al Gore. She is also a part of several local environmental groups and has environmental class certificates from HarvardX and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her hope is to educate her son and future generations about the effects of litter on the environment, animals, and humans while getting kids involved in helping save our planet from the worst affects of climate change. 

The Original Trash Pirates

WHAT WE DO

WE HUNT FOR TRASH

SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVES

On a near daily basis, we visit local parks, fields, and walking paths to hunt for litter. We share what we find along with interesting facts and inspiring quotes on our social media pages to inspire others to clean up their part of the world. We hope to positively influence children and families into joining our movement by taking simple actions in their community, getting involved in climate activism, and learning more about our planet. 

Goals
-Provide educational articles for kids and resources for parents and teachers about litter, our environment, climate change, and more!
-Make local changes to discourage single-use plastic usage and littering.

 

September 2021 – We did a two-day cleanup in Alexandria, Virginia where we noticed a lot of trash in an open field, often used for soccer and recreation. We have noticed trash piling up in this area for some time. We reached out to Supervisor Rodney L. Lusk’s office and we were informed of their Operation Stream Shield initiative which provides part-time, temporary work experience to the homeless. OSS was informed of the litter at the field and will now be visiting it on a regular basis to make sure it stays clean.

November 2021 - After cleaning up an area near an Alexandria, VA high school  several times, we reached out to Supervisor Rodney L. Lusk's office again to report the constant littering in this area. Their awesome staff jumped into action. They were able to get the area put on Operation Stream Shield's schedule to get it cleaned up on a regular basis. In addition to that, they have reached out to VDOT and in the coming months, a "No Littering" sign will be placed along the road!

February 2022 - During a 2-hour cleanup with 8 volunteers, we were able to clean up 200 pounds of litter from a field and intersection in Alexandria, VA. Item's recovered were cigarette butts, bottles, plastics, children's toys, empty mulch bags, straws and more. See more! 

May 2022 - Over 37 pounds of trash were picked up by military, boy scouts, families, and a local official during our cleanup in the Kingstowne area of Alexandria, Virginia. Most that was picked up were small pieces like cigarette butts, wrappers, and car debris. See our photos!


 

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