TALLINN - More than 43,000 people in Estonia have announced their participation in the World Cleanup Day taking place on Saturday, which is almost 2,000 more than last year's total.
Approximately 85 percent of those registered are school students and kindergarteners.
"We are grateful to the teachers and school recreational officers who involve children and young people in World Cleanup Day every year. Quite a few take the time to delve deeper into the topic, organizing information sessions and teaching waste sorting and recycling," Elike Saviorg, leader of the cleanup in Estonia, said. "More companies than ever before have also announced their participation in this year's cleanup, inviting their employees and their customers to also participate."
Alongside the annual collection of small garbage, like cigarette butts and small plastic, this year the cleanup in Estonia will focus on beaches and water bodies, forests and parks. Thus, the organizers invite the participants to organize cleanup especially by the sea, a river or a lake. However, cleaning can be done where it is convenient for the participant.
Altogether 164 countries belong to the World Cleanup Day network initiated by Estonians. However, there are more countries participating in the action, for example, as many as 191 last year. The campaign is managed by Estonia from Telia's head office in Tallinn.
Registration for the event is open on the organization's website.
The organization of World Cleanup Day is supported by the Environmental Investment Center (KIK), the British Council, Neste Eesti, Postimees, Sky Media, Saku Olletehas, Telia, Tallink, Alma and Kommpomm.