A network of thousands of communities across the U.S. will participate in the second annual National CleanUp Day to keep our outdoors clean.
From cities, to beaches, to parks, rivers, and trails, hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states and territories will participate in the second annual National CleanUp Day on Saturday, September 15. After experiencing a groundswell of interest in the inaugural event in 2017, which saw an estimated 225,000 participants, National CleanUp Day will enter its second year looking to expand on its impact and continue working towards the goal of eliminating litter, community by community, across the nation.
Taking place on the third Saturday every September, National CleanUp Day was founded to create partnerships for a national, annual, one day event to clean up our nation. National CleanUp Day is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to assist in promoting a clean outdoors for all. The 24 hours dedicated to picking up and disposing of litter is an opportunity for citizens who use public spaces, from rural to urban, from the mountains to the sea, to join others in keeping them as pristine as our forefathers had envisioned.
National CleanUp Day is looking to find the answer to the question; “What would our country be like if everyone went outside and picked up at least one piece of litter?”
National CleanUp Day’s goal is to have a significant percentage of your community participating in this one-day cleanup. The event will help beautify the country, and also connect volunteers and strengthen relationships in their neighborhoods.
“A key concept of National CleanUp Day is that, if you’re not having fun, you are doing it wrong,” explains National CleanUp Day co-founder Steve Jewett.
National CleanUp Day is now partnering with World CleanUp Day. World CleanUp Day is a global alliance headquartered in Estonia with the Let’s Do It World Foundation that has over 150 countries with diverse cultures and millions of volunteers making this a monumental event.
National Cleanup Day knows how large of an impact one day of cleanups can have. According to a 2009 study done by Keep America Beautiful, one of the strongest contributors to littering behavior is the prevalence of existing litter, so while one day of cleanup doesn’t sound like much it’s likely to have a lasting effect throughout the year.
National CleanUp Day would not be possible without a network of volunteer groups leading the charge in their local communities. These groups include non-profits, local and Federal government partners including, Keep America Beautiful and the Coastal Conservancy who will be holding cleanups from coast to coast on Saturday, September 15. Also involved will be companies of all sorts, including LinkedIn, Sears, YMCA, and IMG.
To find a cleanup nearest to you, visit the website www.nationalcleanupday.org.