Savannah Trash Warriors
Tackling litter pollution one bucket at a time
Savannah Trash warriors
Savannah Trash Warriors began in August of 2018 when two co-workers at Gulfstream Areospace, Stacey Fuller and Jenna Bower, decided to take action against litter in their neighborhoods.
Before Trash Warriors even had a name, the two friends would take turns going to each others neighborhoods every other weekend to cleanup litter. During cleanups and coffee shop meetings on Saturday mornings, the two would discuss how they might create a bigger impact on litter and waste in the city of Savannah.
Bower, a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Design for Sustainability program, knew that litter pickup was a last-ditch effort in a long string of overconsumption and waste issues to keep plastic and other single-use items out of storm drains and local waterways. In order to make a bigger impact on litter not ending up in the ocean or in a landfill, the two have decided to reach out to neighborhood associations and other passionate litter pickers in Savannah to coordinate a collective impact.
Savannah Trash Warriors goal as an organization is to work with as many neighborhoods and other stakeholders in Savannah as possible in order to create a movement around litter and waste that is visible, consistent and inclusive. Savannah Trash Warriors aims to raise awareness and educate about the effects of litter and of the system of waste production; to foster a collaborative effort to tackle these issues in Savannah; and to empower communities to come together and make change.
Savannah Trash Warriors meets in a new neighborhood every Saturday morning at 8am to do litter pickups. They work with neighborhood associations and residents to organize cleanups and get residents out to the events. While they hope that residents are already passionate about the neighborhood in which they live, they also want to foster a Savannah in which different neighborhoods can come together and support one another.
Different from other cleanups organized around Savannah, the Trash Warriors actively separate our trash, recycling and cigarette butts during cleanups. Cigarette butts are collected and sent to the recycling company Terracycle.
In the future, Savannah Trash Warriors would like to tackle projects that have an impact further up the waste-pipeline, such as conducting brand audits of litter found on Savannah’s streets, organizing a send-back program to return litter to the companies that created it in order to hold them responsible, and to partner with schools, businesses and neighborhoods associations to provide educational presentations about what can be done to tackle waste and overconsumption.
Savannah Trash Warriors hopes to provoke conversations that can help lead Savannah to a zero-waste and sustainable environment for all residents, current and future.
Community Engagement & Outreach
Savannah Trash Warriors leadership teams partners with residents and neighborhood associations to organize litter pickup events every Saturday morning at 8am. We advertise all of our litter pickup events on our Facebook events tab and share them with different neighborhood groups on Facebook each week before our pickups.
Organizing Litter Pickup Events
We use Google My Maps to strategize and plan which neighborhoods we’ll do cleanups in each week. We share this information with neighborhood associations and residents and actively welcome input as to which spot we should add to our cleanup list.
This graphic shows our current impact on litter pickup in Savannah and will be updated every week after our Saturday pickup events. Don't see your neighborhood on the list yet? Reach out and let's plan a meet up in your neighborhood!
The monetary value of hours worked comes from a statistic from United Way of the Coastal Empire that one volunteer hour in Georgia is valued at $25.
In the News
Thanks to Savannah’s local media for taking the time to feature us in their broadcasts and publications!
Savannah Trash Warriors take litter fight to the streets
By Mary Landers, Savannah Morning News