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This App Turns Cleaning The Planet Into A Mobile Game

By Brian Spaen

How many times have we walked along city sidewalks and seen pieces of trash floating across our feet? With no immediate incentive to dispose of it properly, many of us will let it go instead of getting our hands dirty and going off our path to throw it away. A new phone app hopes to buck that trend, and it’s received a lot support from crowdfunding and the United States government.

The idea for Litterati, an app for Android and iOS devices, came to 46-year-old Jeff Kirschner when his daughter spotted discarded cat litter in a creek. It reminded him of a time when instructors at a summer camp wanted all the kids to pick up just five pieces of trash. With a large number of kids making a small effort to pick up the park, it would create a much cleaner place.

Expanding that philosophy around the world, over one million pieces of trash have been collected and documented through the Litterati app. Users take photos of litter they’ve picked up, and it’s led to a tremendous amount of information being gathered in the process. With a base of around 60,000 users, they post an average of 10,000 pieces of trash picked up per week.