End Plastic Pollution

The Great Global Cleanup®

The Great Global Cleanup® is a worldwide campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks — reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans. This program aims to continue clean ups every day of the year for a brighter, greener, and cleaner planet.

Where will you fit into the story of beautifying our world?

Check our these resources to start beautifying or planet by picking up one piece of litter at a time!

Support Earth Day with a cleanup!

Cleanup near you and fundraise for EARTHDAY.ORG

Make your page today

Why participate in the Great Global Cleanup?

A partnership with The Great Global Cleanup means you will be involved year round in the work our organization does. You will have a platform when Earth Day comes around each April. This will mean a partnership with our activities for World Cleanup Day and engagement with partners such as Let’s Do It World, National CleanUp Day and Keep America Beautiful. We are forming a coalition of like minded organizations and individuals committed to achieving our mutual goals of protecting our environment through community outreach and networking.

You have access to the digital global map that showcases your cleanups and allows you to view cleanups globally. You will also have access to toolkits, cleanup competitions, participation in social media campaigns, access to tailor made toolkits, and be able to participate in webinars and Earth Day Live sessions.

Individual or organizational efforts can be amplified on our website and social channels through storytelling, sharing media content and showcasing best practices and success stories.

FAST FACTS ABOUT GLOBAL WASTE


270,000

Premature deaths annually are caused by uncontrolled burning of household waste.

2 billion

People live without any waste collection services.

79%

Of all plastics ever produced have accumulated in the natural environment or landfills.



Visit our Plastics campaign

FIND A CLEANUP ON OUR MAP

Click the calendar on the left to filter by date. Search locations with the magnifying glass on the right.

REGISTER ANY KIND OF CLEANUP ON THE MAP


GROUP

Small groups can have a big impact! Beach cleanups and park cleanups are especially popular with groups.

INDIVIDUAL

Go out on your own! Whether a lot or a little, every piece of litter removed makes a difference.

PLOGGING

Pick up while jogging! Have fun and get a workout while cleaning your trails.


follow Earth Day’s Work

Facebook logo linking to Earth Day profile
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Need help?

Whether it’s a big group event or a solo cleanup, you can get involved anywhere. Beach cleanups, park cleanups, and neighborhood cleanups are all fair game.

Check out our cleanup guide for organizers and volunteers to make sure you’re prepared, protected, and effective!

SHARE YOUR

CLEANUP STORY

Amplify individual and organizational efforts by sharing your cleanup story. Inspire others by your actions to continue the great work of cleaning up our planet!

THE GREAT GLOBAL CLEANUP in the news

The Great Global Cleanup joins The Today Show

Watch as EARTHDAY.ORG Cleans up Roosevelt Island with The Today Show’s Al Roker and Bill Nye The Science Guy

Cleanups are for everyone

Earth Day founder Dennis Hayes and Zac Efron agree that plastic is the problem and Cleanups are a great way for anyone to do their part.

Join the Global Earth Challenge

Send local environmental data to scientists and sign petitions for change in your region

The Great Global Cleanup® Partners