Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. — EARTHDAY.ORG, the global coordinator of Earth Day, has announced that The Great Global Cleanup will return in April 2021. Volunteers and cleanup organizers from around the world will again join together to tackle the issue of mismanaged waste. 

Now in its third year, The Great Global Cleanup will build on its record as the world’s largest coordinated volunteer event, providing opportunities for individuals and organizations to make positive, tangible impacts on our environment. Emerging from the coronavirus pandemic and guided by updated safety protocols, the collective goal in April 2021 is to remove millions more pieces of trash from our green spaces, urban communities, and waterways. 

Presenting partners of The Great Global Cleanup include World Cleanup Day, Let’s Do It World, National Cleanup Day and Keep America Beautiful. Thousands more partners, individuals and small groups are encouraged to unite to create clean communities with a series of cleanup events from late March to early May 2021. 

Cleanup partners can register events and attract volunteers to their cleanups via The Great Global Cleanup live map. Citizens are invited to search the map for nearby cleanups, or create their own individual or small group cleanups near where they live and work. Cleanup events will be added to the map throughout March and April.

Recognizing ongoing restrictions in many parts of the world, The Great Global Cleanup has also established updated safety guidelines to keep volunteers safe and healthy. All cleanups, both large and small, help solve the issue of global mismanaged waste. Success stories from volunteers show the impact of cleanups in action. 

“Plastic and other types of pollution challenge every community every day,” said Kathleen Rogers, EARTHDAY.ORG President. “They are contaminating our oceans, clogging our drains, causing floods, spreading disease, transmitting respiratory infections and killing wildlife; and low-income communities suffer the worst impacts.” 

To take an extra step and contribute to ongoing scientific research on plastic and other types of local pollution, individuals are encouraged to use the Global Earth Challenge mobile application. The citizen science app is available for free download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

To learn more about The Great Global Cleanup, please visit: 

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day (1970), EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Learn more at:

Press Contact: Olivia Altman [email protected]