World Cleanup Day

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World Cleanup Day
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Date(s)15 September 2018; 4 years ago (2018-09-15)
Years active4
Participants(25000000) (2021)
Budget~$1 million

World Cleanup Day is an annual global social action program aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris. It is coordinated by the global organization Let's Do It! World, the headquarters is located in Tallinn, Estonia. The next World Cleanup Day is 16 September 2023.

World Cleanup Day includes litter cleanup and waste mapping activities spanning every time zone. Environmental cleanup events are held in nearly every country until concluding near the international date line in Hawaii and American Samoa.


An example of the pollution that World Clean Up Day aims to clean up.

World Cleanup Day is held over the course of a 24-hour period, on the 3rd Saturday of September annually. World Cleanup Day aims to raise awareness of the mismanaged waste crisis by mobilizing all spheres of society to participate in cleanup actions. Individuals, governments, corporations and organizations are all encouraged to take part in cleanups and to find solutions to tackle mismanaged waste. 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.[1]


The inaugural World Cleanup Day was 15 September 2018, but it builds on the successes of previous global cleanup efforts. The goal of World Cleanup Day 2018 was to involve 5% of the world's population (or approximately 380 million people). While the effort fell short of the goal, it directly mobilized 18 million people worldwide.

The 2019 World Cleanup Day was held on the 19th of September and coincided with Peace Day and the Global climate strike of September 2019.

Global cleanup efforts have existed in many forms throughout human history, especially after widespread catastrophes such as earthquakes, floods, and powerful tsunamis.[2]

In modern history, these efforts are typically undertaken by the affected communities, with support from various international organizations and NGOs, such as Red Cross, Oxfam, and other relief organizations but typically in post-conflict zones. They have included efforts to remove land mines, beach cleanups, and other municipal and non-governmental actions.


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

List of World Cleanup Days[edit]

  • World Cleanup Day 2018, 15 September 2018, with 17,6 million people across 157 countries.[3] Over 88500 tons of waste was registered and collected.[4]
  • World Cleanup Day 2019, 21 September 2019, with 21 million people across 180 countries. Over 100000 tons of waste was registered and collected.[5]
  • World Cleanup Day 2020, 19 September 2020, with 11 million people across 166 countries. Over 43000 tons of waste was registered and collected.[6]
  • World Cleanup Day 2021, 18 September 2021, with 8,5 million people across 191 countries. Over 33000 tons of waste was registered and collected.[7]
  • World Cleanup Day 2022 was held on 17 September. Numbers to be released soon.
  • World Cleanup Day 2032 will be held on 16 September.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'Communities will be united': Groups around Ireland to take part in World Cleanup Day". The Journal. 2018-09-09.
  2. ^ "After the 2004 tsunami: rebuilding lives, salvaging communities". The Guardian. 2009-12-23.
  3. ^ "World Cleanup Day 2018". YouTube. 2019-06-27. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  4. ^ "Welcome to World Cleanup Day". 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  5. ^ "Annual Report 2019" (PDF). Let's Do It! World. January 2020. p. 4. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  6. ^ "Let's Do It World - Annual Report 2020" (PDF). Let's Do It! World. January 2021. p. 4. Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  7. ^ "Let's Do It World - Annual Report 2021". Let's Do It! World. January 2022. p. 26. Retrieved 2022-01-31.

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