Posted by Steve Miller, Product Manager

Last week, Google announced an International Cleanup Weekend on October 13th and 14th, encouraging Googlers and Google Maps users around the world to head out and clean up local parks, beaches, trails, and other places close to home. To date, we have received more than 130 cleanup maps from people who have enlisted the help of their friends, family members and coworkers to make the world a cleaner, better place. That brings our total to more than 1,200 people.

If you haven't yet, we hope you'll join us in our efforts this weekend and post plans of your own. All you have to do is organize a cleanup event, log into Google Maps to make a map of it, and send it to us. Remember to keep your group small (groups of 6-10 people work best) and close to home, to simplify the planning process.

As Google Maps aficionados, we know that the best maps will likely come from you. Make sure to show off your savvy map-making skills by posting photos and videos to your map! Check out this example for inspiration: