FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is World Cleanup Day?
World Cleanup Day is an international initiative from the bottom-up civil movement Let’s Do It! World, which began a couple of years ago in Estonia. The goal is to clean up litter on streets, squares, parks, parking areas, along the banks of rivers and in nature simultaneously in as many countries as possible around the world. On September 18th, 2021, the Netherlands will take part for the second time.
For more information on the international initiative, visit worldcleanupday.org
When is World Cleanup Day?
As the name suggests, World Cleanup Day is held on the same day all around the world. This year’s date is Saturday September 18th, 2021. Keep the date open in your diary! Cleanup actions will start throughout the country during the day, at times determined by the organisers. Check the website for a cleanup that you can join close to your location. Or you can choose to create your own cleanup via the site. Other people can also choose to join your cleanup.
Who will be coordinating World Cleanup Day in the Netherlands?
The Plastic Soup Foundation is responsible for the organisation of World Cleanup Day in The Netherlands. The Plastic Soup Foundation has been drawing attention to the problem of plastic since 2011 – with great success.
How do I clean up during the covid-19 pandemic?
The government is slowly relaxing the restrictions, but on the 18th of September, we still have to be careful. That is why we do not go out in large groups, and always keep a distance of 1.5 meters between each other. Read here more about the current measures and what you have to keep in mind during your cleanup.
Why would I clean up somebody else’s litter?
It’s unpleasant if there’s litter lying around that is not yours, but on Saturday September 18th 2021 we are going to put on our positive attitude and get out there with as many people as possible. We are going to make a difference! With this positive and very visible initiative we will be drawing attention to the litter problem. And we will be demonstrating that clearing up is the social norm. The result will be that less people will carelessly throw their litter on the street in the future. Also, on Saturday 18th September the Litterati-app will be used in a lot of countries, including the Netherlands. The app makes it easy to register the kind of litter found at each location. That’s called Citizen Science: ordinary people who together help to build an enormous databank which will help grow our knowledge of the litter problem. That will enable us to create better solutions at the source of the problem.
Who will be taking part in World Cleanup Day in the Netherlands?
Click here to see a full list of the organisations and sponsors who have already joined the cleanup. There is no deadline for more sponsors to join. The organisation welcomes new partners if they would like to provide a contribution to the costs or the execution, create their own cleanups or help with spreading the message through their own social media channels.
Why are companies whose products are often found in the environment participants in the World Cleanup Day?
Everybody is confronted with the problem of (plastic) litter. We need to solve it together. The organisers of World Cleanup Day believe that everybody should be able to participate. Everybody will be standing side-by-side on World Cleanup Day: environmental organisations, citizens, supermarket chains, and yes: the soft-drink manufacturers. The organisers are happy with all partners who – literally and figuratively – are willing to help map out the problem of litter. With all the data gathered we will steadfastly continue looking for structural solutions to the problem of litter in the environment.
Where are the cleanup actions?
There’s an interactive map on this website that shows all the cleanup actions that have been registered in the Netherlands. Click here to see the map of 2020. New registrations are welcome, there’s always room for more cleanup actions! Join in by registering a new action on the map or by clicking on an existing action. The goal is of course to have as many participants in cleanups as possible, throughout the entire country.
Who is organizing all of the cleanup actions across the country?
Numerous businesses, associations, ngo’s, organisations, schools, sport clubs and individuals have taken the initiative to start a cleanup.
What role does the national organisation play?
Plastic Soup Foundation has created this website to show all the local cleanups and to bring people in touch with each other. We are in contact with the global organization LetsDoItWorld. Next to that, we work together with NederlandSchoon to get as many participants as possible in the Netherlands. We are also in contact with all initiatives and coordinate the media coverage of the World Cleanup Day in the Netherlands.
What do the organisations and businesses do that have joined World Cleanup Day?
Dozens of businesses and organisations register local cleanups on the site. They determine the starting time and location where they will meet on Saturday September 18st and start their cleanup. Some companies help World Cleanup Day with a financial contribution, or with a contribution in kind.
How can I register a cleanup?
Go to the homapage and click on the button (for individuals and groups, for organisations or for schools) and mark your location on the map. You can look for open clean-ups or organise your own. Complete the form with the details requested.
How can I change and administer my cleanup action?
After you put an action on the map, you will receive a confirmation email with login details. With these details, you can log in here and change or manage your action.
How can I mobilise others to join my action?
If you have created a cleanup action you will receive a confirmation email with which you can create an account. When you log in to your account you can share your action via social media with just one click. Of course, you can also invite people through e-mail for your cleanup. Make sure to keep everyone informed!
Why are we using the Litterati-app?
With the Litterati-app you can take pictures and tag the litter that you find. We want to act as one large team, registering the location of the litter but also the type of litter. This way, World Cleanup Day NL will not only be a massive cleanup but also a huge exercise in Citizen Science. Using the data that we gathered together, we can share the insights about the litter problem with all parties in the Netherlands who can play a role in tackling the problem at its source. We want all the data that we gathered to – again! – be an item on the NOS News and RTL News on September 18th.
Which tags do I need to add in the Litterati-app?
It’s important to add tags in the Litterati-app to the litter found because the tags provide us with a lot of information. Make sure that you at least add tags regarding the manufacturer of the product (if visible on the litter), the material from which the litter is made, and the kind of litter. For example: ‘Manufacturer X’, ’plastic’ and ‘bottle’. Then we can do a good analysis of the data.
How do I get the materials I need to be able to do a cleanup?
The organisation has chosen to bring as little as possible to the many locations around the country. The same applies to picking materials up at the end of the day. That saves thousands of kilometres driving back and forth around the country! Let’s keep it simple, clearing up litter is not rocket science. We have a couple of tips to help the organisers and participants. If you can’t or don’t want to have to stoop to pick up the litter, a garbage grabber can be useful. We recommend that all cleanup organisers approach their local municipality (gemeente) by telephone or website to enquire whether grabbers can be borrowed. We further recommend that participants bring and wear simple household or garden gloves. A roll of rubbish bags can be bought in any supermarket.
What about hygiene during the cleanup?
Rubbish that’s been lying around can, of course, be dirty. You will often find food packaging, sometimes with food scraps still present. That’s why we advise participants to bring and wear simple household or garden gloves. Latex gloves are not suitable as they are too thin and quickly tear.
And safety during the cleanup?
The safety of the participants is very important! In times of Corona we need to take extra measures, keep distant, and follow the rules from the RIVM in the Netherlands. On this page, we have listed all the measures for cleaning up during Corona.
Besides, we don’t want you to organize a cleanup along a busy main road, a national highway, motorway or railway line. The traffic will not be anticipating your presence at those locations. Be careful with young children, make sure that their supervisors are close to look after them, and to make sure that they do not – for example – suddenly cross the road. We advise that, if you are taking children, you choose a safe location for your participation: woods, a park or a beach, or a quiet street with little traffic. You are responsible for your own safety.
Which clothes are best to wear for a cleanup?
Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing: if you are participating with a company or a sport club, try to all wear the same shirt. It will look great on pictures!
What happens to all the litter that’s been gathered on World Cleanup Day?
As already stated, the organisation has chosen to distribute as little as possible before and after the cleanup. Centralised collection of all the litter gathered throughout the Netherlands is, basically, not realistic. Every local municipality has standard agreements with a local garbage disposal company. If you are organizing a cleanup with a lot of participants at a heavily polluted location, you know that you will be collecting a lot of litter. In that case, contact your local municipality beforehand and ask if they can arrange the removal of the rubbish on September 19th (or directly after the weekend). Make sure you inform the municipality of the location of the bags. If you only gather a few rubbish bags, then it can be handled via the regular waste disposal (i.e. the [weekly] waste collection service or the underground containers in many large municipalities). It’s your own choice whether or not you want to separate the litter collected (plastic, glass, batteries etc.).
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