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Clean up campaign held around the country

Ljubljana/Maribor/Novo Mesto, 15 September - Volunteers across the country will grab trash bags and gloves on Saturday to collect rubbish and raise awareness about the need for a clean environment as part of the campaign Clean Up Slovenia, Clean Up the World. In 2010 and 2012, more than half a million people in Slovenia collected almost 20,000 tonnes of waste in similar actions.

Clean Up Slovenia campaign.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Clean Up Slovenia campaign.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

This year, volunteers will not only pick rubbish at illegal dumping sites but also in areas around rivers and lakes, on the coast, and at other critical points.

In some municipalities, they will also be planting trees, and giving benches and children's playgrounds a face-lift.

More than 70% of Slovenian municipalities have joined the project but people can take part even if their local community is not.

Ecologists Without Borders, the NGO which organises the event, has called on everyone to take part by cleaning their surroundings and report illegal dumpsites they come across.

There are over 10,000 such sites already recorded in Slovenia, and it is presumed that they contain enough rubbish to fill 92 Olympic swimming pools. Most of the waste, about 40%, is construction waste.

In line with an international initiative for making companies accountable for the waste they generate, participants in the campaign are invited to keep track of the labels of the waste they find.

This year's clean-up is supposed to be the last one, because the goal is for the mindset to change to keep the country clean.

To raise awareness, Ecologists Without Borders have also reached out to primary schools from all over Slovenia, whose pupils used waste to make a sign saying One Last Time.

In the two past clean up campaigns, both the army and police also took part along with various other state institutions.

The Slovenian clean-up if part of the global World Clean Up campaign that will bring together millions of people in over 150 countries.

© STA, 2018