National CleanUp Day®, in partnership with EARTHDAY.ORG, Keep 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 U.S. 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.

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