Press Release

Update on The Great Global Cleanup in Response to COVID-19

Creating and sustaining clean communities is a vital mission for Earth Day Network and its Great Global Cleanup. At all times, the safety of dedicated organizers and volunteers is of the utmost importance.

To comply with federal, state and local advisories in response to COVID-19, thousands of organized cleanups will be impacted. Most will be cancelled for now, many postponed until later in the year, while other small cleanups will move forward if they meet current safety criteria.

We urge all organizers to consult and comply with local and federal health advisories, and to practice social distancing and sanitary awareness at any cleanups deemed safe by authorities.

The stated goal of the Great Global Cleanup –  to remove billions of pieces of litter from our environment and to build a clean and healthy future for all people – will remain.

Many cleanups are expected to be rescheduled in early Fall, in coordination with World Cleanup Day, National CleanUp Day and Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.

Please stay up to date on the status of all cleanups at, cleanup on your own or in small safely distant groups if possible, and please stay safe and take care of one another during these unprecedented circumstances.