World Cleanup Day - September
Sat, Sep 17, 2022

World Cleanup Day

World Cleanup Day is an annual holiday that is one big world cleanup day. On this day, thousands of people in 150 countries take to the streets to clean up trash and clean up their cities. Celebrated every third Saturday in September. In 2022, it falls on September 17th.


The street sweeping movement started in Estonia in 2008. The event took place on May 3 and gathered more than 50 thousand residents of the city. The participants of the large-scale cleanup followed the motto “one country, one day”. After just five hours of work, more than 10 tons of garbage was removed, which was sorted and sent for recycling. Studies have shown that over the 4 years of such an action, the garbage on Estonian streets has decreased by a third.

The example of volunteers from Estonia, who showed that by common efforts it is possible to quickly put the city in order, inspired people around the world. Every year, more and more countries became participants in the big subbotnik. The official date of this event was set – the third Saturday of September.

Interesting facts

  • The most common small waste in cities is chewing gum, cigarette butts and single-use plastic bags. All these wastes consist of synthetic material and pollute the environment, as they practically do not decompose.
  • It is estimated that about 13 million tons of plastic waste is thrown into the ocean every year.
  • Singapore is the cleanest city in the world. It relies on fines for discarded garbage past the trash can, for cigarette butts and chewing gum. Violators have to pay up to $1000.

How to celebrate

Gather your relatives, friends and acquaintances to participate in the biggest community work day. Help your city become cleaner! Additional information about the event can be found on the official website:

Learn more about the environmental impact of household waste. Host your own outreach events at schools and universities. Attract more people to visit the annual world clean-up!

When is World Cleanup Day celebrated in 2022?

World Cleanup Day is observed on the third Saturday of September each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday September 17 2022
Saturday September 16 2023
Saturday September 21 2024
Saturday September 20 2025
Saturday September 19 2026