ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The #TrashTag hashtag found its way to the Tampa Bay area and that is a good thing.
The social media craze started a couple years ago. Participants pick a meet-up spot on social media. Then they clean it, picking up trash in a big do-gooder group.
Pictures of #trashtag efforts are then posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with that hot hashtag.
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Nick Meza has watched the Tampa Bay area grow... and get messier.
“Sleepy St. Pete turned into a hustle-bustle young city,” says Meza, a father of four who works at Jabil. “More people moving down, bringing more trash. You see if littering the streets, littering the waterways.”
He started #TrashTagTampaBay on Facebook.
“If I could just get a hundred people out here for an hour a week, the impact could be huge,” says Meza, who this week gathered a group of #trashtaggers at St. Pete’s Mirror Lake.
Meza will host his own #trashtag events, but he's also posting about other meetups around the area and local #trashtag pictures — anything to keep his hometown clean.
“It really is such a small amount of effort to go out there," says Meza. "Pick up a little bit of trash and keep this stuff out of our waterways."