750 teams join River Cleanup World

June 8, 2021

Local actions, global impact


Over 700 teams joined the action in six continents. It is no coincidence that this campaign was held two days before World Ocean Day. Cleanups took take place in China, Japan, Cameroun, Ghana, Albania, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, and Australia. With countless small-scale, local initiatives worldwide, River Cleanup aims to prove that we all can make a difference. 



Inclusive approach

Thomas de Groote, the founder of River Cleanup, realized a few years ago that more than 8 billion kilograms of plastic waste end up in our seas and oceans every year. He decided to tackle the problem closer to its source by cleaning up the trash before it reaches the sea, in other words, in and around rivers. River Cleanup aims to make people, organizations, and governments aware of this problem and, above all, to encourage them to take action and change.

International flagship event in Cameroon


The international flagship event of River Cleanup World was organized this year in Douala (Cameroun) together with the Belgian organisation NAMé Recycling. Timothy de Meester, Belgian Consul in Cameroun, collected the 1 000 000th kg of waste along the Wouri river, one of the most polluted rivers in the world.




Partner organisations:

NAMé Recycling, Human Health Institute, RhineCleanUp, Kilimandjaro Hakuna Matata, HOPE, WFO, Matanda, E2F, Green Policy Instutite and many others.


Save the date


Did we trigger your inner River Warrior and do you want to join the next action? Mark down September 18th for World Cleanup Day and keep an eye on our website!


Clean locally, celebrate globally!