After several months of semi-regular litter picking walks, Marco Meerman collected over 8,000 pieces of litter on the streets of his hometown.

The resulting map of Marco’s data caught the attention of local officials in Carnisselande because the data precisely located litter hotspots & showed the local policy-maker how to more strategically place trashcans in the city.

We are particularly inspired by this story because it highlights how much of a difference even just one individual can make when empowered with the right tools.

You can learn more about Marco and his efforts in his blog.

Some key quotes from Marco’s post:

“Today a government official called me; he saw my email with screenshots from my Litterati- Impact statistics.”

“The official told me that he has never seen a map with such details on where the litter hotspots are.”

“Next week he will finalize the map of trashcans for 2020…based on my data in Litterati.”

“Most satisfactory conversation in 2020 up until now. Feels good to live in an area where civilians can directly influence local policy.”