Viral hashtags are nothing new, but the latest one gaining traction online, the “#trashtag challenge,” sure is less disturbing than the condom snorting challenge that made headlines last year. Instead of sucking up condoms, people are instead taking it upon themselves to clean up littered areas and share pictures of their progress online.
The challenge, which first started back in 2015, regained popularity this month after Facebook user Byron Román shared a photo on March 5 with the caption, “Here is a new #challenge for all you bored teens. Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance, then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post it. Here are the people doing it #BasuraChallenge #trashtag Challenge, join the cause. #BasuraChallengeAZ.” “Basura” is the Spanish word for trash.
The post includes a “before” image of a man standing in a wooded area filled with trash and an “after” image of the same man with the trash all bagged up. The post has been shared more than 300,000 times since it went up. …