The Green Minute: NOLA Trash Mob

Mar 1, 2014

The NOLA Trash Mob during a recent cleanup at Bayou St. John.
Credit NOLA Trash Mob

We’ve all heard the phrase "One man’s trash is another man’s treasure," but what about "One city’s trash is another man’s mission?"

Enter the NOLA Trash Mob. Started about nine months ago by two local citizens, the NOLA Trash Mob is a group of volunteers who scout littered locations around the city and meet up to clear the clutter that otherwise gets overlooked.  With forty trash mob cleanups under their belts, they’ve made a huge impact on the littered landscape of New Orleans already, with many more sites on the way.

The mindset is simple: get rid of the trash and neighborhoods will not only thrive, but will also get involved and maintain the spaces themselves. It’s an idea that is beautiful in its simplicity — create community activism and engagement while leaving the world a little better than you found it.

To join the next trash mob or to suggest a site for a future clean-up, email