National CleanUp Day

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National CleanUp Day
National CleanUp Day Logo 2021.jpg
Observed byNational CleanUp Day is observed in the United States in all 50 States and US Territories.
CelebrationsVolunteer to cleanup the country. From Sea to Shining Sea.
Date3rd Saturday in September
2019 dateSeptember 21  (2019-09-21)
2020 dateSeptember 19  (2020-09-19)
2021 dateSeptember 18  (2021-09-18)
2022 dateSeptember 17  (2022-09-17)

National CleanUp Day is celebrated annually in the United States on the third Saturday of September. It promotes both organized and individual cleanup events and volunteering to keep the outdoors clean.

National CleanUp Day

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, and Clean Trails. 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.[3] 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.[4]

CleanUp events are held throughout the month of September and include National Public Lands Day. Additional programs held year round include Clean Trails, Clean City USA, and CleanUp News.[5].

National CleanUp Day Hiking

In 2020, National CleanUp Day introduced the Tailored CleanUp@ program for businesses and cities. The program is free and 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.[6]

CleanUp News was launched on September 19, 2020 and contains CleanUp articles for general readership, science articles and resources for journalists and writers. Actor Cobie Smulders joined with Clean Trails and Planet Oat to promote cleanup activities for National CleanUp Day.[7]

National CleanUp Day was founded by Bill Willoughby and Steve Jewett.[8]

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  1. ^ "About Clean Trails - Past Results". 26 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Millions of people participate in World Cleanup Day and National Cleanup Day". 24 September 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  3. ^ "500,000 Volunteers Take Part in Earth Day 2019 Cleanup". 22 July 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ "The Great Global CleanUp - Earth Day 2020". 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
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  6. ^ "National CleanUp Day Municipalities". Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  7. ^ Sophie Hirsh. "Cobie Smulders Is Cleaning Up the Planet — Want to Join Her?".
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