320 teams along 161 rivers join River Cleanup World

June 10, 2020

Thomas de Groote, the founder of River Cleanup, realised a few years ago that more than 8 billion kilograms of plastic waste end up in our seas and oceans every year. This has an adverse impact on nature, animals and our health. He decided to tackle the problem closer to the source by cleaning up the waste before it reaches the sea, in other words in and around rivers. River Cleanup aims to make as many people as possible aware of this problem and, above all, to encourage them to take action.

Worldwide action 
Today over 320 teams joined the action in 6 continents. It is no coincidence that this campaign will be held on the eve of World Ocean Day on 8 June. "With small-scale, individual and above all coronavirus-proof initiatives along rivers and riverbanks, River Cleanup aims to raise public awareness and make people part of the solution,” says Arno Doggen, River Warrior at River Cleanup. Cleanups took take place in Brussels, Miami, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, London and countries like China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Australia, Sweden, Russia, Lithuania and South Africa. (Full list at (river-cleanup.org/en/world)
 

More relevant now than ever
This is exactly the right time for the campaign, as the coronavirus has caused an increase in the amount of single-use plastic in circulation, in the form of packaging, masks, plastic gloves and so on. So it’s time for action! Everyone can do their bit in River Cleanup World with an individual campaign, whilst sticking to the coronavirus rules of course. 
 

Facts
Global:
Cleanups    : 321
Countries    : 45
Rivers        : 161
 

Top 5
Belgium    : 83 cleanups
Lithuania    : 62 cleanups
Russia    : 41 cleanups
India        : 29 cleanups
Germany    : 27 cleanups

Participating countries

Belgium, Lithuania, Russia, India, Germany, USA, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia, Portugal, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, Namibia, Albania, Denmark, Philippines, Palestine, Morocco, Gabon, El Salvador, Poland,  Singapore, Cambodia, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Austria, Kazakhstan, China, Malaysia, Kosovo, Italy, Chile, Pakistan, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia.