Global cleanup day was a big success

With support from private individuals, companies, organizations and institutions in 156 countries the global World Cleanup Day can be seen as a success.

This year was the first time Denmark participated in the global cleanup day. Plastic Change coordinated the event and at least 4,500 people signed up for WCD either as individuals, through associations or private companies. In addition, many people contributed without signing up.

Globally more than 13 million people from Fiji and all the way around to American Samoa spend their Saturday picking up trash from the nature. No doubt the participants will be even more careful in the future when handling their plastics and other waste in nature.

“Having said that, the cleanup is not a long-term solution and it can never replace an effective national waste management. When we go out and clean up, we become aware of all the waste and the failed waste management. At the same time we become aware of what and how much we actually throw away, so we in the future can make sure we do not throw away any valuable resources, that could have been reused. With this we send out a very clear message to the politicians, the industry and the world community, that we all have a responsibility and that we must act now in order not to drown in plastic”, says Berit Asmussen, vice president of Plastic Change.

“Having said that, the cleanup is not a long-term solution and it can never replace an effective national waste management.”

Therefore, World Cleanup Day will be followed-up by Plastic Change and organizations in the other participating countries, to keep plastic and other waste from ending up in the nature.

Photos: Founder af Plastic Change, Henrik Beha Pedersen and son at the Lakes in Copenhagen, Lars Ølvang with family, Christina Busk Environmental Policy Manager in the Plastic Industry, og Louise Gredal with kids from Islands Brygge.

World Cleanup Day is driven by civic organizations who have joined the movement “Let’s do it World “, a movement that has been launching cleanup actions all over the world for the past decade. The movement was founded in Estonia in 2008, where 50.000 people cleaned up throughout the country for five hours