World Cleanup Day is the world’s largest one-day social action programme aimed at tackling the global waste crisis, including the problem of marine debris. It’s coordinated by the global organization Let's Do It! World, and more than 180 countries will be taking part this year on 18 September with their own events to help ‘clean up the world’.

Now in its fourth year, World Cleanup Day is a strong and unique network of doers who share the vision of the waste-free world and believe that together we can clean up the world from waste. So what exactly is happening on 18 September? Let’s take a look at some of the key events happening both across the UK and around the world. And find out how you can volunteer for cleanups near you.

UK World Cleanup Day Events

Our planet is drowning in its own waste. And plastic pollution is clear to see both on land, and in our oceans. In fact an estimated eight millions tons of plastic enters our oceans every year. And as a result, 100 million marine animals die each year from plastic waste alone. But it’s not just our oceans that need cleaning up. With eight million people living within 1 km of more than 2,000 miles of waterways around the UK, Decathlon are co-hosting 10 events across the UK on the weekend of 18-19 September to clean up the nation's rivers and canals.

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Canals in London with two boats providing accomodation in a wide parking space along the canals by Hulki Okan Tabak @hulkiokantabaklink

Find out more about what Decathlon is doing for World Cleanup Day and how you can get involved.

There are also lots of other events happening across the UK. Here are just some of them:

  • CLEAN UP SOUTH LONDON: If you live in south London, join a diverse group of local associations coming together for the Big Clean Up in Park Hill Park, next to East Croydon Station on the 18 September from 11am. Find out more and get involved.
  • CLEAN UP OF CLIPSTONE BROOK: Those in the Leighton Buzzard area can help clean up Clipstone Brook, including fishing out those abandoned shopping trolleys. Find out more and get involved.
  • CLEAN AND GREEN CASTLEFIELD: The green-fingered among you may like to help with some gardening at Castlefield in Manchester. You can help with weeding, clearing, watering and planting. Or some litter picking. All equipment and refreshments will be provided. Find out more and get involved.
  • LOVE ROSYTH CLEAN: If you live in Dunfermline, the Rosyth team needs your help! Join in the Queensferry Road clear up, starting at Rosyth train station, to help clear up the whole road from top to bottom. Find out more and get involved.

Take a look at what other events are happening across the UK and how you join in.

Worldwide World Cleanup Day Events

Despite the difficult global circumstances, World Cleanup Day was a huge success in 2020. 11 million volunteers across 166 countries collected a whopping 43k tonnes of waste in a single day. 12 million cigarette butts were picked up, and 12 billion litres of water was saved from being polluted. But this year, with more than 180 countries taking part and over 50 million volunteers worldwide, World Cleanup Day 2021 looks set to be the biggest yet.

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National CleanUp Day with four people by Steve Jewett @cleanupslink


World Cleanup Day is the world’s largest one-day social action programme aimed at tackling the global waste crisis, including the problem of marine debris. It’s coordinated by the global organization Let's Do It! World, and more than 180 countries will be taking part this year on 18 September with their own events to help ‘clean up the world’.

Now in its fourth year, World Cleanup Day is a strong and unique network of doers who share the vision of the waste-free world and believe that together we can clean up the world from waste. So what exactly is happening on 18 September? Let’s take a look at some of the key events happening both across the UK and around the world. And find out how you can volunteer for cleanups near you.

UK World Cleanup Day Events

Our planet is drowning in its own waste. And plastic pollution is clear to see both on land, and in our oceans. In fact an estimated eight millions tons of plastic enters our oceans every year. And as a result, 100 million marine animals die each year from plastic waste alone. But it’s not just our oceans that need cleaning up. With eight million people living within 1 km of more than 2,000 miles of waterways around the UK, Decathlon are co-hosting 10 events across the UK on the weekend of 18-19 September to clean up the nation's rivers and canals.

Find out more about what Decathlon is doing for World Cleanup Day and how you can get involved.

There are also lots of other events happening across the UK. Here are just some of them:

  • CLEAN UP SOUTH LONDON: If you live in south London, join a diverse group of local associations coming together for the Big Clean Up in Park Hill Park, next to East Croydon Station on the 18 September from 11am. Find out more and get involved.
  • CLEAN UP OF CLIPSTONE BROOK: Those in the Leighton Buzzard area can help clean up Clipstone Brook, including fishing out those abandoned shopping trolleys. Find out more and get involved.
  • CLEAN AND GREEN CASTLEFIELD: The green-fingered among you may like to help with some gardening at Castlefield in Manchester. You can help with weeding, clearing, watering and planting. Or some litter picking. All equipment and refreshments will be provided. Find out more and get involved.
  • LOVE ROSYTH CLEAN: If you live in Dunfermline, the Rosyth team needs your help! Join in the Queensferry Road clear up, starting at Rosyth train station, to help clear up the whole road from top to bottom. Find out more and get involved.

Take a look at what other events are happening across the UK and how you join in.

Worldwide World Cleanup Day Events

Despite the difficult global circumstances, World Cleanup Day was a huge success in 2020. 11 million volunteers across 166 countries collected a whopping 43k tonnes of waste in a single day. 12 million cigarette butts were picked up, and 12 billion litres of water was saved from being polluted. But this year, with more than 180 countries taking part and over 50 million volunteers worldwide, World Cleanup Day 2021 looks set to be the biggest yet.

There are hundreds of events happening across the globe and here are just some of them:

  • ARGENTINA: With 30 official events organised across the country, Argentina sure is doing its bit for World Cleanup Day 2021. Volunteers will be cleaning the streets, parks and beaches, and organisers have thrown some sporting activities in for good measure so participants can have fun, and wind down after a busy day cleaning up the environment. Find out what else Argentina is doing for World Cleanup Day 2021.
  • AUSTRALIA: The “Land Down Under” is known for its extremely diverse and interesting natural environment. From Perth to Brisbane, Melbourne to Sydney, Let’s Do It! Australia is recruiting volunteers to help clean up the environment to preserve its natural beauty for future generations. They believe every bit counts and every person’s contribution makes a difference, so they’ve organised several walks so you can exercise and pick up rubbish at the same time. Find out what else Australia is doing for World Cleanup Day 2021.
  • CANADA: The beautiful trails and coast are an important part of Canada, and sadly, too much rubbish is choking the environment. More than eight million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean annually. And while no silver bullet exists, CLEANUP FOR GOOD in partnership with the Let's Do It! Foundation, and a group of passionate volunteers, lead the world's largest volunteer effort to keep the beaches, trails, and ocean free of trash on World Cleanup Day. Find out what else Canada is doing for World Cleanup Day 2021.
  • ESTONIA: Right where it all started, World Cleanup Day 2021 will see thousands of Estonians come together to clean up forests, beaches, cities and homes. Estonians take pride in their beautiful and unique surroundings, and they want to emphasise the importance of individual responsibility and hence, education. They focus on the younger generation, getting as many school children involved as possible. Find out what else Estonia is doing for World Cleanup Day 2021.

On 18 September, volunteers and partners worldwide will come together to rid our plant of rubbish – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets. World Cleanup Day harnesses the power of people around the world to achieve incredible things by joining together. Its beauty lies in cooperation and collaboration: building bridges between communities, and including all levels of society – from citizens to business, to government.

Take a look at what other countries around the globe are doing to clean up their communities of litter and waste for World Cleanup Day 2021.

Since 2018, World Cleanup Day has brought together millions of people for the biggest waste collection day in human history. This world-changing idea began in the small northern European country of Estonia, in 2008. 50,000 people united to clean up the entire country in just five hours. This captured the imaginations of people worldwide, who were inspired to follow suit with the same ambitious ‘one country, one-day’ formula. 11 years later, the simple idea has grown into a global movement with millions of volunteers and charismatic leaders. The simple act of cleaning has become a force that binds together people and groups that would otherwise never dream of working towards the same goal.

In 2018, 17.6 million and in 2019, 21.2 million heroes joined in on an epic 36-hour green wave of world cleanups – beginning in New Zealand and travelling around the globe before ending in Hawaii. Learn more about World Cleanup Day and how it all started.

Find a local cleanup to join in this global effort to make our home a cleaner place. Businesses and organisations can also take part by getting teams together to arrange a big clean up.

Find out more about what Decathlon is doing for World Cleanup Day and how you can volunteer for cleanups.