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National CleanUp Day
National CleanUp Day Logo 2021.jpg
Observed byNational CleanUp Day is observed globally.
CelebrationsVolunteer to cleanup the country. From Sea to Shining Sea.
Date3rd Saturday in September
2020 dateSeptember 19  (2020-09-19)
2021 dateSeptember 18  (2021-09-18)
2022 dateSeptember 17  (2022-09-17)
2023 dateSeptember 16  (2023-09-16)
FrequencyAnnual

National CleanUp Day is held annually in the United States and globally on the third Saturday of September. In the United States, there are cleanups held in every State and Territory. It promotes country-scale organized and individual cleanup events and volunteering to keep the outdoors clean and prevent plastic from entering the ocean.

National CleanUp Day
Invite to Volunteer

The inaugural National CleanUp Day was held in 2017 and had more than 225,000 volunteers. The 2018 event had over 1,500,000 volunteers, 14 million pounds of waste collected, and was held in conjunction with the inaugural World Cleanup Day.[1] The 2019 cleanup had almost 2,000,000 volunteers, 18 million pounds of waste collected. The US event is coordinated with World Cleanup Day and saw a combined 20 million volunteers in 170 countries which is the largest, single day global volunteer event.[2] National CleanUp Day partners include Earth Day, Keep America Beautiful, World Cleanup Day, Waterkeeper Alliance, National Parks Conservation Association, Junior Chamber International, Granite Gear, Fjallraven, Girl Scouts, and Clean Trails. Beginning in 2018, States Department of Transportation participated in cleanups on their local and interstate highway systems.[3][4][5]

In April 2019, Earth Day partnered with National CleanUp Day and Keep America Beautiful for the inaugural Earth Day CleanUp and had over 500,000 volunteers working to clean up trash and litter nationally.[6][7] In 2020, the Great Global CleanUp by Earth Day was originally planned to include thousands of large group cleanups but the COVID-19 pandemic caused cancellation of most group events. Instead, Earth Day and presenting partners World CleanUp Day, National CleanUp Day and Keep America Beautiful organized individual activities like Plogging and the TrashTag Challenge.[8]

National Cleanup Month events are held throughout September and include a focus on events on public lands on the fourth Saturday of the month. Additional programs held year-round include Clean Trails, Plogging, Trashtag, CleanUps.org, Clean City USA, and CleanUp News.[9]

National CleanUp Day events are held in the United States, Aruba, Bahamas, Belarus, Bhutan, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, India, Israel, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the Philippines.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32]

National CleanUp Day Hiking

In 2020, National CleanUp Day introduced the Tailored CleanUp@ program for businesses and cities. The program is available to any participating business, educational institution, land manager, government entity or nonprofit. The Tailored CleanUp page may be used for any cleanup activity on any date in the United States, Canada, India or China. The Join a CleanUp, cleanup mapping pages, and reporting pages may be used for any cleanup worldwide on any date.[33] National CleanUp Day pivoted in 2020 due to COVID-19 from large scale cleanups to individual cleanups. They had over 671,000 signups by individuals, municipalities, schools, and companies.[34][35][36]

CleanUp News was launched on September 19, 2020, and contains CleanUp articles for the general readership, science articles, and resources for journalists and writers. The first of a series of interviews with world leaders was published in June 2021. The interview featured the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.[37]

Actor Cobie Smulders joined with Clean Trails and Planet Oat to promote cleanup activities for National CleanUp Day.[38][39] Plogging.org TrashTag.org and CleanUps.org were launched in January 2021. These concepts support the responsibility of land managers, municipalities, non-profits, educational institutions, businesses, and individuals holding cleanup activities globally.

Hiking while Plogging

National CleanUp Day is a nonprofit organization founded by Bill Willoughby and Steve Jewett.[40][41]

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  38. ^ Sophie Hirsh. "Cobie Smulders Is Cleaning Up the Planet — Want to Join Her?". greenmatters.com.
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  41. ^ "Hiking Friends Inspire Thousands to Clean Up the Trails". Epoch Times. July 12, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2020.

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