Clean-Up and Eat

by Andrea Mathern | Feb 20, 2013
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Summary:

The main purpose of this idea would be to pick up litter and give an incentive for volunteering to do this. Participating restaurants in downtown St. Paul would have supplies on hand and dumpster/recycling containers available for those willing to pick up litter (and scrape gum) off the side walks. After returning trash and recycling at the end of a clean-up/pick-up session, the participating restaurant/business would give out either a coupon or an immediate meal/sandwich. This "pick-up session" could be once a year (like the watershed clean-up project in Minneapolis) or several times a year, or even weekly. Anyone would be eligible to help including downtown residents, those who work or play downtown and also those who are using services at the Dorothy Day Center and those attending school in St. Paul.

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Andrea

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Mathern

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St. Paul

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Title of your idea

Clean-Up and Eat

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

The main purpose of this idea would be to pick up litter and give an incentive for volunteering to do this. Participating restaurants in downtown St. Paul would have supplies on hand and dumpster/recycling containers available for those willing to pick up litter (and scrape gum) off the side walks. After returning trash and recycling at the end of a clean-up/pick-up session, the participating restaurant/business would give out either a coupon or an immediate meal/sandwich. This "pick-up session" could be once a year (like the watershed clean-up project in Minneapolis) or several times a year, or even weekly. Anyone would be eligible to help including downtown residents, those who work or play downtown and also those who are using services at the Dorothy Day Center and those attending school in St. Paul.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

I think getting downtown businesses to support a program that is not only targeting a certain group of people is unique. There have been Earth Day clean-up events, but they didn't seem to target those folks working in Saint Paul, students or the homeless.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea will be a way for people to unite to clean-up Saint Paul and then celebrate with food. I think involving all these groups of people will help build community and understanding.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

I think people will remember this idea because it could become an annual project. The Downtown District Council could appoint staff and/or volunteers to oversee the project and the project could even be extended through donations and grants.

apolinario sasam said: This is absolutely pretty nice, I think people should be more inclined with cleanliness. It's such a nice habit to practice. I love ... about this Competition Entry. - 2680 days ago read more >

Andrea Mathern submitted this idea. - 2893 days ago