Saturday 17 September marks the fifth edition of World Cleanup Day in which millions of people from all corners of the world take a stand to clean up litter.
In 2021, more than 8.5 million people from 191 countries took part in this global cleanup campaign. "Since 2019, the action has already collected more than 46,495 kilograms of waste," the civic movement said. "This day is extremely important for a better future. It is a global civic action to tackle the problem of litter."
Where to get involved
On Saturday there will be actions in major cities such as Ghent, Antwerp and Liège, but smaller municipalities, such as Deerlijk, Dendermonde, Aartselaar, Edegem and Sint-Genesius-Rode, are also taking part.
In addition, volunteers will also clear litter in the Demer, on the stretch of river between Aarschot and Diest. River Cleanup specifically focuses on the waste that pollutes our rivers.
For the fifth time, the Belgian NGO is also joining in during World Cleanup Day, with this year being even more unique thanks to the collaboration between River Cleanup and the new music festival Doel.
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During the festival, which takes place this weekend on 17 and 18 September, festival-goers can donate their reusable cups to River Cleanup. For every cup collected, the NGO will remove as much as 1 kg of plastic from rivers.