Press Release

National CleanUp Day Returns on September 18

The national day of service will attract thousands of participants nationwide to help clean their local areas of litter.

DENVER, CO, Sept. 7, 2021 — National CleanUp Day®, in partnership with EARTHDAY.ORGKeep America Beautiful®, and World Cleanup Day, will return for its fifth year on Saturday, September 18. The goal of the annual event is to get volunteers from all areas of the country to participate in the removal of trash via cleanups across the United States. 

Whether it’s a large organized cleanup, a small neighborhood effort, or even just an individual cleanup, all participants make a difference. National CleanUp Day and its partners encourage people to join the cause and safely clean up their communities.

Held annually on the third Saturday in September, National CleanUp Day addresses the issue of excess waste and litter across America. Since its inception in 2017, hundreds of thousands of participants have helped clean up parks, beaches, rivers, and forests across the country, removing tons of litter in the process. 

National CleanUp Day is supported by a wide variety of municipalities, cities, and large organizations who are eager to participate this year. In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed is happy to support the event and encourage her fellow citizens to take part.

“San Franciscans take tremendous pride in our city, and we know that it takes all of us to make this city shine. That means showing time after time that we’ll work together to keep our public spaces clean and accessible for all. National Cleanup Day offers communities across the globe an opportunity to do just that—come together, show off their civic pride, and celebrate those who take care of the places they call home.”

EARTHDAY.ORG is a partner in the event. It’s flagship volunteer initiative, The Great Global Cleanup, is one of the biggest civic volunteer events in the world every year. The Great Global Cleanup Coordinator Matthew Lefler stressed the importance of getting involved in cleanups.

“Cleanups are an important building block to environmentalism and civic action that anybody can participate in, regardless of previous experience. They are great way to connect with others, build a network of like-minded people, and tackle the issue of mismanaged waste. Everyone deserves a clean community.”

Volunteers across the nation, and around the world as part of World Cleanup Day, will be cleaning up their communities during September.  To view a map of cleanups, join, or even create your own, please visit All participants should adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines. 

About National CleanUp Day
National CleanUp Day is a call to action. National CleanUp Day is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to keeping our nation’s urban, rural, and outdoor public spaces free of litter and trash. This year’s National CleanUpDay is supported by the number one seller of oatmilk in the US, Planet Oat and a network of environmentally conscious partners. Learn more at

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. Its flagship volunteer initiative, The Great Global Cleanup™ takes place in April each year and engages millions of volunteers in creating clean communities worldwide. Learn more at

About Keep America Beautiful 
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green, and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 650 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Learn more at

About World Cleanup Day 
Let’s Do It World is a global organization that unites more than 164 countries’ teams worldwide into the biggest active network to unite their efforts for the waste free World. The World Cleanup Day is the biggest event organized by LDIW and during the last three worldwide cleanups have engaged more than 50 million people from 180 countries. Let’s Do It World network is addressing numerous global and regional projects to catalyze the activities in countries for the circular economy as well for the zero waste. Learn more at