Let's Clean Up Europe!
European Clean-Up Day
Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in oceans, beaches, forests and elsewhere in nature. The primary causes of this littering issue are our society’s unsustainable production and consumption patterns, poor waste management strategies and a lack of awareness of citizens. In order to reduce littering in nature and to give visibility to this issue, the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) coordinates a Europe-wide annual clean-up day called ‘‘Let’s Clean Up Europe!’‘.
Here are the new LCUE 2016 infographics in EN.
A European movement
Several clean-up campaigns have been implemented in Europe over the past years to tackle the litter problem. The European Clean-Up Day, “Let’s Clean Up Europe!”, intends to bring these initiatives together to have a Europe-wide clean-up event that takes place on the same day all over the continent, in order to involve and reach as many citizens as possible. The European Clean-Up Day this year took place between 6 and 8 May 2016.
Taking part in “Let’s Clean Up Europe!” (LCUE) and teaming up to clean up the environment and tackle the waste issue allows participants to realize how much waste is dumped in their own neighbourhood. This action provides a unique opportunity to raise citizens’ awareness on the litter problem and to help changing people’s behaviour.
Organising your clean-up action
The main steps you will have to take to plan your clean-up activity are desribed below. Find out more about Let’s Clean Up Europe and on how to organise a clean-up action in the Let’s Clean Up Europe Factsheet
Before the action:
- Identify a place to clean
- Get your contacts on board
- Register your action with the coordinator responsible for your area
- Set up your team and find some support/sponsor.
- Promote your clean-up activity
On the day of the clean-up activity:
- Meet with your team on the place indicated
- Collect litter, sorting it as much as possible (in particular glass and hazardous waste)
- Share ideas about the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
After the clean-up do not hesitate to send your feedback as well as pictures and videos of your clean-up activity to your Coordinator. They will be happy to hear from you!
Come and join us!
If you would like to register a local clean-up action, please do so by contacting the coordination team responsible for your area. List of Coordinators of Let’s Clean Up Europe 2016.
You will find here all communication tools needed for organizing a perfect Let’s Clean Up Europe event!
For any other information, you can contact the Let’s Clean Up Europe Secretariat:
AICA, the International Association for Environmental Communication
Contact: Naike Marengo serr(at)envi.info