Keep America Beautiful Launches New Stop Littering Campaign

June 13, 2011

Keep America Beautiful campaign posterKeep America Beautiful (KAB) is launching a new litter prevention campaign, “Littering Is Wrong Too,” that utilizes social media, events and viral marketing to engage young adults and increase awareness of the problem of litter.

The new campaign calls attention to the inappropriate act of littering and is targeted at young adults ages 18–34, which KAB research pinpointed as most likely to litter as well as be motivated by a public education campaign. It links littering with other undeniable—and often humorous—wrongdoings, such as eating “gas station sushi,” “texting during surgery,” or giving a kid “sugar at bedtime.”

“This campaign is not only attention-getting, it demands interaction and involvement,” said Matt McKenna, president and chief executive officer of Keep America Beautiful Inc. “Littering isn’t top-of-mind for most people. We need to first get people talking and, in the process, begin establishing the social norm that littering is a socially unacceptable behavior.”

Billboards, posters, online and print ads, radio, cinema and TV spots, T-shirts, coasters and other materials will all garner attention and drive traffic to the website. KAB affiliates will bring the campaign to the streets at events and other locations in their local communities for Americans to pledge their support by submitting their own “wrong” to the campaign website. Additionally, creative materials such as billboards and posters will garner attention around what is as wrong as littering and drive traffic to the website.

KAB hasn’t issued such a broad-scale campaign since the iconic Iron Eyes Cody public service announcement of the ’70s. However, litter still exists and its impact on the environment is more costly than ever. The new campaign is intended to capture the attention of young adults and inspire them to make a change.

Unveiled on Earth Day, 1971, “The Crying Indian” PSA is still regularly recognized as one of the most iconic and memorable campaigns of all time. But in today’s more fractured and dynamic media landscape, the organization recognized that a different approach was warranted.

Americans everywhere are encouraged to “write their wrong” directly, pledge their support and add their own voice and creativity to the campaign. Visitors can share their own “wrongs,” including uploading photos and videos that will all help generate more buzz for the problem of litter. People can also take part via the campaign’s Facebook page and on Twitter with the hashtags #litter and #litteriswrong.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of over 600 affiliates, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment.

Source: PR Newswire.

Photos courtesy of Keep America Beautiful.



Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.