How to organize a cleanup?

What is a "cleanup"?

A cleanup is an activity where you go out alone or with other people to remove litter from nature. The size of a cleanup can range from 1 person to hundreds of people. Usually a cleanup takes 1 to 2 hours, and you walk about 3 to 5 kilometers. Does this seem like something for you? Below we have explained in 5 steps how you can make your cleanup a success. Not all of these steps are applicable if you keep your cleanup modest - meaning alone or with some friends.

Organize your cleanup in 5 steps

1. Pick a date

As soon as you know that you want to organize a cleanup, it is best to set a date. River Cleanup has several dates each year that you can join, such as River Sunday or World Cleanup Day (September).


2. Register your cleanup

Look for a stretch of river, lake, or waterway nearby and determine your starting location. Ideally, your route is 3-5km long. 
Click on the button below to register your cleanup. After your cleanup is registered, you will be redirected to a webpage for your cleanup.




3. Promote your cleanup

Share your cleanup by email, on your website (if you have one) and on social media, and invite friends, family, colleagues, clients,... to participate. Create a facebook event and include a link to your cleanup page.

4. Involve your municipality / city

Inform your local municipality or city council about your action and discuss with them where the waste can be picked up (1 place, max 3d after your cleanup). Ask for support in promoting your event through their channels (website, magazines, social media, posters).

5. Order your material

Also check with the municipality if they can lend you equipment (garbage bags, gloves and grabbers). Count on 1 pair / 1 bag per person. River Cleanup can also provide free equipment through our partners for cleanups as from 10 people, at leas 3 weeks before the cleanup.



Tips & Tricks

Test your route

It is a good idea to test your route beforehand by bike or on foot.

Enjoy a drink afterwards

Have your route end at your organization or near a restaurant/cafe, so you can have a drink with the participants afterwards.

Ask for more info

If you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact us! You can mail us at