Girl Scout troops offered multiple ways to earn Nobody Trashes Tennessee patches including participating in a community cleanup or by completing litter prevention educational resources
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 19, 2023 – Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Nobody Trashes Tennessee litter prevention campaign is partnering with Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee (GSMIDTN) to offer a new Nobody Trashes Tennessee patch.
Troops of all ages have multiple ways to earn the patch including participating in litter cleanups in their community, coordinating their own cleanup in their neighborhood or school grounds, or through girl scout camp beautification projects. For girl scouts ages 12 and older, the Adopt-A-Highway program is an opportunity to earn both a patch and a roadway recognition panel for committing to quarterly pickups. Younger scouts may earn a patch by completing Nobody Trashes Tennessee educational worksheets. Patches are provided by Nobody Trashes Tennessee and do not cost the troop or individual scouts.
“Girl Scouts are dedicated to making a difference in their communities as reflected in one of our core values to put service above self,” said Pam Self, interim president and CEO, GSMIDTN. “By participating in a litter cleanup service project, participants are also living the Girl Scout Promise of helping people at all times.”
Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate in the upcoming third annual No Trash November, a month-long initiative encouraging Tennesseans to participate in cleanup events held across the state. Last year’s No Trash November campaign included 95 events with over 1,300 volunteers who collected more than 48,000 pounds of litter from the state’s roadways. This year, with the help of GSMIDTN, the initiative’s goal is to remove 50,000 pounds of litter from Tennessee roadways.
In addition to No Trash November, troops may participate in community cleanups or coordinate their own events in observance of the Great American Cleanup (Mid-March – Mid-June), Keep Tennessee Beautiful Month (March), or Earth Day (April 22, 2024).
“Our shared values make this a perfect partnership as we strive to prevent and reduce litter on our state’s roadways and waterways,” said Brittany Morris, transportation program coordinator, TDOT. “We look forward to working with Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, along with additional girl scout and boy scout troops across the state, as they earn their Nobody Trashes Tennessee patches for their service projects. By working together to improve and beautify communities across the state, we can make an even larger impact.”
All residents are encouraged to show their support for a litter-free Tennessee. To find a local cleanup event, visit nobodytrashestennessee.com/events.
About Nobody Trashes Tennessee
Nobody Trashes Tennessee (NTT) is the State of Tennessee’s official litter prevention campaign managed by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Visit nobodytrashestennessee.com to learn more about TDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program and additional ways to get involved in helping to prevent and reduce litter through personal actions, community events, and reporting littering incidents through the Tennessee Litter Hotline (1-877-8LITTER). Join the conversation at facebook.com/nobodytrashesTN, instagram.com/nobodytrashestn and twitter.com/NobodyTrashesTN.
About Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee (GSMIDTN) serves more than 17,000 girls and adults in 39 counties across Middle Tennessee. GSMIDTN strives to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information on how you can be involved in Girl Scouts, visit www.gsmidtn.org.