What is #trashtag challenge ? Why is everyone doing it

Trashtag Challenge : If you are an avid social media user, you must have come across hundreds of challenges like ALS Ice bucket challenge, Mannequin Challenge, Harlem Shake Challenge (where people made vines to the harlem shake song). These challenges become so popular that all sorts of people do it to spread the word from celebrities to politicians everyone.

The recent trend is #trashtag challenge, where people would clean their surroundings and post the before and after picture for the challenge. The trashtag challenge started gaining traction after a reddit user posted the picture on the subreddit wholesomememes where he posted a screenshot from a facebook timeline captioned “Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintaince then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it here” the picture went viral in a matter of hours and made it to the front page of reddit, as of now the picture has over 140,000 upvotes.

Many people started taking this challenge and started posted pictures to r/pics and similar sub-reddits. Here are some pictures from the subreddit.

#TrashTag Challenge


“#trashtag my fiancé and his annual beach cleanup. He picks garbage every year. First year he ended up with 75 contractor bags full. Every year since is decidedly smaller. Last year it was around 50. Buffalo NY Lake Erie”


A Mumbai man named Afroz Shah started cleaning Versova beach in 2015, and slowly many volunteers started helping him in the process and today more than 500 people volunteer with Afroz Shah everyday, he used to play on the beach as a child but it became rubbish after people started littering and he wanted to do something about it.


The image was posted with the caption “This is just a work of an hour! #trashtag” posted reddit user 4ptn.

“Here’s mine! Cleaned up a creek in Asheville, NC collected 44 bags of trash #trashtag”

TrashTag Challenge from Taiwan

TrashTag challenge from Portland, Oregon.

This challenge was well-received on Reddit, and many people started sharing the pics of their #trashtag challenge.

Many local communities have also started discussing about it such as r/Philippines, r/Switzerland, r/Bangalore, r/Portland, r/Egypt.

While many people started this challenge to inspire others, some users started re-posting older pictures from some websites for karma-farming.

I urge everyone reading this to participate in the trashtag challenge so more people start to care about their surroundings.

r/Detrashed is one such community where you can find the pictures of #trashtag challenge.


  1. The Phlippines is blessed with such a beautiful land and amazingly warm people. I always love coming back to the Philippines every year.


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