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Let’s Clean Up Europe 2015: another year of success and participation

With more than 3.000 clean-up actions all over Europe and beyond, the second edition of Let’s Clean Up Europe (LCUE) was again a huge success. Raising awareness towards littering, this event occurred from 8 to 10 May 2015, with the opportunity of an extended implementation period from 3 to 17 May 2015 to encourage wider participation. Like for the EWWR, LCUE events gather all kind of participants: representatives of public authorities, businesses, associations, educational establishments and groups of citizens.

Every year, in fact, millions of tonnes of litter end up in the environment. The primary causes are our societies’ unsustainable production and consumption patterns, poor waste management strategies and the lack of awareness of the population. The aim of LCUE is therefore not only to clean rivers, parks or beaches from litter - and therefore to prevent major environmental damages - but also to call on concrete action introducing waste prevention and reduction in our daily lives: the best waste is the one which is not produced!

The great efforts taken by coordinators of the campaign have given important results. Actions have been implemented in, among others: Austria, Andorra, Brussels Capital Region, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Czech Republic, England, Flanders, France, Greece, Comunitat Valenciana, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey and Wales. This year, also Tunisia joined Let’s Clean Up Europe with its first action: an intense clean-up that saw the participation of a Primary School class in Degache.

National or regional coordinators act as a contact point for anyone interested in organizing a LCUE clean-up action and provide volunteers with support, communication material and the famous LCUE flags which wave during the actions.

Let’s Clean Up Europe 2015 has been very “social”: pictures and videos of LCUE actions can be found online on Facebook (Let’s Clean Up Europe – Official) and Twitter (@LetsCleanUpEU) or following the hashtag #cleanupeurope!