The Clean Europe Network brings together Europe’s leading litter prevention associations. Some of the Network’s members have decades of experience in addressing the ever-changing challenge of litter in our towns and countryside. Together, they hope to leverage their shared experience and resources to bring positive solutions to one of society's most persistent problems.
The Clean Europe Network currently brings together of the major players in this field in Europe, together with a number of supporters who provide financial or other support to the Clean Europe Network’s programme.
Currently 12 EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland are directly or indirectly represented in this Network, which has the potential to reach over 50% of the EU population in its programmes. A number of our members already directly engage 1 in 5 of the population in their respective territories.
The association encourages local governments to measure their actions concerning urban cleanliness in an accurate way. AVPU has developed and encourages the use of an “Objective Indicators in Urban Cleanliness” (OIC) grid.
AVPU also fosters the exchange of experiences between communities to further improve local policies, it drafts recommendations and actions to enhance efficiency in the field and promotes joint initiatives aiming at the promotion of environmental cleanliness.www.avpu.fr
Keep Norway Beautiful is a non-profit organization committed to ridding Norway of litter. We aim to reduce and prevent litter, and we organize clean-up actions. Originally Keep Norway Beautiful was established as a nationwide clean-up campaign, but in 2014 we became an independent membership organization inviting all sections of society to join and support our work against littering.
Norway is a coastal nation, and marine litter is therefore a priority for Keep Norway Beautiful. The organization is best known for its national beach clean-up day, which was established in 2011. In 2015 over 19 000 volunteers took part in the campaign, and they organized 855 clean-up actions. The goal for 2016 is 25 000 participants and 1 000 clean-up actions.
Keep Norway Beautiful also works to increase awareness and change attitudes towards littering by lobbying, network building and disseminating information.
Keep Norway Beautiful coordinates Let’s Clean Up Europe in Norway.
Membership fees, sponsorships, government grants and private donations make up Keep Norway Beautiful’s financial base. We have six sponsors and 38 members. www.holdnorgerent.no
OVAM is the public waste agency of Flanders and Fost Plus is Belgium’s “Green Dot” producer responsibility coordinator, i.e., it promotes, coordinates, receives packaging producers’ contributions to the “Green Dot” scheme and finances the selective collection, sorting and recycling of household packaging waste in Belgium.
Indevuilbak provides a combination of communication activities and support for local initiatives, such as financial incentives and free clean-up material. It reaches out to all 300 municipalities in Flanders. Every year Indevuilbak runs a big communication campaign which is intended to reach every Flemish citizen (around 6 million people). www.indevuilbak.be
The members of the Keep Baltic Tidy initiative are NGOs operating in the countries around the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Russia and Sweden. Keep Baltic Tidy focusses in particular on marine litter in the Baltic Sea and, to that end, makes extensive use of public awareness campaigns.
Keep Baltic Tidy participates in the Network via Keep Sweden Tidy. www.keepbaltictidy.org
Through partnerships with public authorities, companies and the public, Keep Denmark Tidy works to develop a better national understanding of the problem of litter, to support and co-ordinate local efforts to prevent and reduce littering, to increase awareness through campaigns and other communications media and to develop tools and products that can be of assistance in combatting littering.
Every year, approximately 2,500 volunteers, 98 schools (representing 65,000 pupils), 78 businesses (representing 40,000 employees) and 23 public authorities (representing 230,000 employees) participate in Keep Denmark Tidy’s campaigns. www.holddanmarkrent.dk
Keep Scotland Beautiful takes action, campaigns and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues affecting people’s quality of life. It is committed to making Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow. All the funds Keep Scotland Beautiful raises are dedicated to its charitable objectives – there are no profits or dividends paid to owners or shareholders; its constitution and charitable status forbid this.
Keep Scotland Beautiful aims to protect, preserve and enhance the environment of town and country in Scotland for the benefit of the public and to educate the public about the environment generally by promoting awareness of the ways in which the environment is at risk and the ways in which this can be minimised. All of its activities, such as Clean up Scotland, Eco-Schools Scotland, Beautiful Scotland, It’s Your Neighbourhood, Green Flags for Parks, Seaside Awards and Blue Flags for Beaches, Sustainable Scotland Network, and Climate Challenge Fund are carried out in pursuit of its aims. It is estimated that Keep Scotland Beautiful’s activities have a direct impact on the lives of 1 million people – that’s 1 in 5 of Scotland’s population. The indirect impact reaches many more people; whether residents of or visitors to Scotland. www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org
Keep Sweden Tidy receives wide support from other non-profit organizations, associations, national and local authorities, as well as from the business and public sectors. Today it is also one of the market leaders in environmental education.
Keep Sweden Tidy mobilises close to one million persons annually. 7,000 of the 16,000 schools throughout Sweden (representing 750,000 children) participate in Keep Sweden Tidy’s campaigns. www.hsr.se
Members of Keep the Estonian Sea Tidy include individuals, ports and guest harbours or marinas, local governments, companies engaged in environmental protection and schools.
In order to achieve its goals, Keep the Estonian Sea Tidy mainly works as an environmental information provider. It collects and disseminates information for all who wish to contribute to a litter-free environment. It also collaborates with other environmental initiatives on an ad hoc basis.
Keep the Estonian Sea Tidy works with hundreds of volunteers every year, as well as a few dozen schools and businesses. www.hem.ee
NederlandSchoon works closely with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the packaging industry, business groups, specific stakeholders (e.g. cigarette and gum manufacturers), local authorities - such as municipalities - and a range of voluntary initiatives. NederlandSchoon focusses on driving behavioural change via three programmes:
- Supporter van Schoon: a platform that inspires, enables and activates Dutch people to help prevent litter and clean up their environment.
- Focus areas: practical guidance concerning producer responsibility, organisation and management of public spaces and prevention of litter. In general and specifically for focus areas such as retail, public transport and the hospitality industry.
- Knowledge: in order to prevent litter NederlandSchoon shares knowledge about behavioural change in relation to litter, innovative cleaning methods and also information about the nature, quantity and monitoring of litter in the Netherlands.
Each year, NederlandSchoon involves hundreds of thousands of volunteers in its campaigns.www.nederlandschoon.nl
Work focuses on three main areas:
- Environmental Standards - demonstrating what we expect and want for Northern Ireland.
- Engagement & Volunteering - helping people take responsibility through positive practical action.
- Education - ensuring our lifestyles are environmentally sustainable and emanate from a sense of responsibility.
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful involves over 105,000 people in clean-ups through their BIG Spring Clean and thousands more through their Coast Care volunteer initiatives annually. The new Civic Pride campaign, “Live Here, Love Here” provides small grants and volunteering opportunities backed by a high profile media campaign. Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful operates programmes including Eco-Schools (with over 98% of all schools now involved in the programme), Young Reporters for the Environment, and Blue Flag (as the Northern Ireland member of the Foundation for Environmental Education), as well as the Seaside Award, Northern Ireland Litter Survey, Borough Cleanliness Survey and TIDY Business.
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful also carries out litter surveys for the Department of the Environment to deliver elements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. www.keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org
Paisaje Limpio was created by companies responsible for packaging recycling in Spain. It runs several projects, carries out studies and educational activities to tackle the environmental challenge posed by litter at sea, in the woods and mountains, as well as in schools, in companies and at mass gatherings such as festivals. Paisaje Limpio also runs campaigns specifically targeting cyclists and drivers. www.paisajelimpio.com
Gestes Propres aims to mobilise all stakeholders (citizens, local authorities, businesses and others) in tackling the issue of litter and partners with more than 1,000 cities and unions of cities, where over 30,000 bins have been installed over the past 10 years.
Gestes Propres hands out millions of its signature bags that contribute to the collection of thousands of tonnes of waste. Through its public events, it reaches around one million people annually. www.gestespropres.com