European Clean-Up Day
Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in oceans, beaches, forests and elsewhere in nature. The primary causes of this littering issue are our society’s unsustainable production and consumption patterns, poor waste management strategies and a lack of awareness of citizens. In order to reduce littering in nature and to give visibility to this issue, the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) coordinates a Europe-wide annual clean-up day called ‘‘Let’s Clean Up Europe!’‘.
A European movement
Several clean-up campaigns have been implemented in Europe over the past years to tackle the litter problem. The European Clean-Up Day, “Let’s Clean Up Europe!”, intends to bring these initiatives together to have a Europe-wide clean-up event that takes place on the same day all over the continent, in order to involve and reach as many citizens as possible. The European Clean-Up Day this year will take place on 6-8 May 2016.
Taking part in “Let’s Clean Up Europe!” (LCUE) and teaming up to clean up the environment and tackle the waste issue allows participants to realize how much waste is dumped in their own neighbourhood. This action provides a unique opportunity to raise citizens’ awareness on the litter problem and to help changing people’s behaviour.