Balts in midst of Spring cleaning spree

  • 2010-04-26
  • Oskars Magone

Balts gather annually to clean up litter strewn throughout the three countries. (Photo:

RIGA -- Latvia this weekend conducted the annual Liela Talka, in which volunteers from all over the country spend the day cleaning litter from parks and the roadside.

The third annual "Big Cleanup" took place on April 24 and covered more than 1,300 different areas of the country. Though there are no exact figures on how many people took part, event organizers said they had expected "hundreds of thousands" to participate.

"The cleaner our country and our neighbouring countries will become, the cleaner we will all want to be. Surely that is something that applies to every country in Europe," oprganizers said in a press release.

The tradition began in Estonia a few years ago. It quickly spread to the other Baltic States and has now been adopted by countries as far flung as India, Australia, Brazil and Slovenia.

LIthuania held its Big Cleanup event last week, with more than 100,000 people turning out to take part in the April 17 clean-up.

Estonia is scheduled to hold its big cleanup event on May 1.