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World Cleanup Day

World Cleanup Day is a global social action program aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris . The next global World Cleanup Day is September 15, 2018 , beginning at 10 am, and spanning the world’s time zones in Hawaii. It is typically held over the course of a 24-hour period in September, on an annual basis. There are numerous organizations that facilitate and host World Cleanup Day events globally. Like Earth Day , World Cleanup Day is non-partisan, apolitical, and is not affiliated with any national or global political party or discrete ideology .


Global cleanup efforts have occurred in many forms throughout the world, especially during widespread disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and widespread tsunamis. [1] In modern history, these efforts have been undertaken by international organizations such as the Red Cross , Oxfam , and other relief organizations in typically post-conflict zones. They have included efforts to remove land mines , beach cleanup , and other municipal and non-governmental actions.


One of the largest organizers of global cleanup efforts is Let’s Do It! World . Founded in Estonia, the organization successfully mobilized more than 50,000 volunteers for a single-day, country-wide cleanup effort that resulted in the elimination of 10,000 tons of illegal waste. The Estonian action, called Let’s Do It 2008 emerged as a global model, spreading globally thereafter. Today, the movement has grown into a network of 113 countries. All together, more than 14.5 million participants have been engaged in movement’s activities.


Participants in the World Cleanup Days are typically volunteers , with coordination of non-governmental organizations who assist in raising awareness, logistics, and fundraising.

List of World Cleanup Days

  • Let’s Do It 2008
  • World Cleanup Day 2018 (September 15, 2018) with the goal of engaging 5% of the world’s population in a one-day cleanup. [2] [3]

See also

  • The Ocean Cleanup
  • Greenpeace
  • CleanApp
  • 5 Gyres , 5 Gyres is an organization aimed at reducing plastics pollution.


  1. Jump up^ [https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/dec/23/2004-tsunami-five-years-onAfter the 2004 tsunami: rebuilding lives, salvaging communities, The Guardian], accessed 05-03 -2017
  2. Jump up^ [https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/world-cleanup-day-2018/x/2681806#/World Cleanup Day 2018 – Organization Information], accessed 05-03-2017
  3. Jump up^ [https://www.letsdoitworld.org/about/overview/world-cleanup-day-2018/World Cleanup Day 2018 – Let’s Do It World], accessed 05-03-2017

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