Thank you for deciding to help clean your local community.
Whether you're collecting outside your front door, a local park, or even your local shopping center, you can follow these guidelines to make your outing safe, effective, and fun.
If you've been invited to join a challenge, all you need to do is enter your join code when you first download the app. If you're a returning user, you can join the challenge from the Challenge tab in the app. Feel free to join as many challenges as you'd like as you can join multiple challenges at the same time. Read this article for more information: FAQs: How To Join A Challenge.
Once you've joined a challenge, your data will automatically count towards that challenge.
Here are a few steps to help you get started:
Step 1: Decide Where To Go
First, consider where you want to go and what route you're going to take. Pick a place where you've been to before that is safe for you to be in.
City-owned places like parks and natural areas are a great way to help your community, but the block you live on might also be a good starting place.
Regardless of where you choose, please stay safe and don't trespass on other's property.
Step 2: Consider Safety Guidelines
Be sure to follow your local government's safety guidelines and COVID-19 protocols such as wearing a mask and/or following distance guidelines.
To have a successful trip, you'll want to bring these items with you:
A trash bag or 5-gallon bucket (be sure to dispose of trash properly and recycle if safe/possible)
A litter grabber or Smart Litter Grabber.
If you plan on going out for a longer trip (more than an hour) please consider bringing these items to bring with you:
Thick-soled, closed-toe shoes
Reusable water bottle
A light snack
Note: If using gloves to pick up trash: After picking up trash, 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 taking photos on the app.
Step 3: Prepare Your Phone
It's best to download the Litterati app and setting up your account prior to collecting. If you have been given a join code, you can apply it while setting up your account for the first time.
Here are a few important steps:
Charge your phone
Enable location services and camera access
Create your account with a join code if you were given one, or without if not
Claim your account to keep track of your efforts
Once everything is set up, charged, and ready to start collecting!
Battery issues or concerns
If you are experiencing battery issues, or are going for a long collection session you can follow these steps:
Tap on the Profile Icon in the Litterati app (upper left corner)
Tap on Settings.
Turn off "Maximum Location Accuracy" and turn on "Upload only via Wi-Fi" in the app settings
Put your phone into low battery mode to preemptively preserve battery life
Bring a battery pack
Put your phone in airplane/flight mode (GPS signal should work)
Dim your screen to the lowest possible setting to remain viewable
These tips should help increase your battery performance while collecting.
Step 4: Collect, Dispose, and Labeling
Unless you're participating in a challenge that has designated a drop-off zone or the items have been contaminated and aren't safe to touch, you should sort your items and dispose of them properly. Please follow your local waste guidelines for recycling, landfill, and compost.
When you're done disposing of your items, upload your photos to your gallery from home while on WiFi. Once uploading is complete, you can add labels to help identify what the items you collected are.
To make the labeling process simple and accurate, we created the C.O.M.B tag taxonomy:
By adding these labels you'll help our database understand what the photo of the item is and be better at identifying it in the future.
(If you've collected items but are seeing a mismatch of your litter count/photos, please read this article: Why Isn't My Litter Photo Getting Counted? - Multi-piece Tagging Experience)
Just in case you need it, here are a few links to help get your way:
Guide: Litterati Label Taxonomy
Video Tutorial: Getting Started and Taking Photos with the App
Video Tutorial: How to label and upload photos from the App
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