On 28 May 2018, as part of the EU Plastics Strategy, the European Commission proposed a Directive to reduce the impact of certain plastic products in the environment
From 1 March to end June 2018, thousands of litter prevention initiatives are being run across Europe to raise awareness of the litter challenge
Shared responsibility for litter and prevention of littering has been established in revised waste legislation supporting EU circular economy plan
The European Commission is organising the 21st European Forum on Eco-innovation in Sofia on 5 and 6 February 2018, in collaboration with the Bulgarian Environment Ministry
Through the Eco-Schools programme, FEE members empower around 19.5 million children and 1.5 million teachers in more than 51,000 schools across 67 countries ...
Mooimakers, the Belgian litter prevention organisation, has re-launched its successful nudging campaign in partnership with drinks brands to ...
How do you keep Europe’s largest motor show + music festival clean? NederlandSchoon deployed waste-collection islands and motorbikes fitted with bins for maximum impact
The two summits will look at persuasive communication, examples of successful urban cleanliness strategies and the need to tackle land litter to tackle marine litter...
Fishing nets constitute an important part of the marine litter challenge. It turns out, almost all fishing nets were deliberately thrown out at sea
To protect our ocean and give litter prevention on land a significant boost, we need a comprehensive data-driven effort across Europe.
Thousands of leaders from government, civil society, business and foundations gathered for the #OurOcean conference in Malta to boost ocean conservancy
I Sail, I Sort is a campaign to raise awareness of the need to adopt the right behaviour in order to reduce marine litter and, secondly, to encourage boaters to...
There is no silver bullet to tackle the challenge of marine litter, but there is a lot that can and is already being done, including innovative collaborative networks ...
NederlandSchoon has been campaigning for clean(er) beaches for the past five years. Through its Clean Beach Election, people could vote...
The Scottish government has pledged to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers with the objective of increasing recycling rates and of reducing littering
The two summits will look at persuasive communication, examples of successful urban cleanliness strategies and the need to tackle land litter in order to tackle marine litter, among others
On 16 and 17 November, the European Commission is hosting the Clean Air Forum in Paris in order to bring stakeholders together to exchange best practices and review practical ...
Paisaje Limpio leads several collaborative efforts to better understand and deal with litter floating down Europe’s rivers into the seas
Hold Norge Rent is one of 11 to be nominated for the 2017 Nordic Council Environment Prize, recognising its special efforts to coordinate litter prevention efforts ...
Face-to-face awareness raising is probably the most effective way of changing consumer behaviour, but when it comes to one-way communication, better stick with ...
This summer Gestes Propres is going out to convince citizens to join their grand experiment to collect 3 tonnes of sand in a systematic and scientific way
By raising awareness of the long-lasting negative environmental impact of cigarette butts, litter prevention experts can encourage...
Professional litter monitoring is not about playing LitterMan GO. It must be done in a systematic and regular way
Imagine you had all the facts about litter in your town, city or municipality. What would you want to know first?
Barry “The Blender” Henderson on “how to deal with some of these Litterizers running around this picturesque countryside and just chucking rubbish everywhere”
The EU will host the fourth edition of the #OurOcean conference in Malta between 5-6 October 2017 under the heading “An Ocean for Life”.
Hall Sverige Rent, the Swedish litter prevention organisation and member of the Clean Europe Network, has been busy tackling litter on land for over three decades ...
The Flemish litter prevention platform previously known as “In de vuilback” - literally “in the litterbin” - has recently rebranded itself as “Mooimakers”
At our current rate of littering, it will not be long before plastic bottles outnumber fish in our oceans. In order to stem the tide ...
We are defining the strategy and setting up the framework that will allow litter data to be shared across Europe. A risk/benefit analysis will determine who ...
The new litter strategy for England is “to be the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than it found it”
There are more than 2,500 rivers flowing into and potentially discharging litter in our regional European seas. How much litter precisely? No one knows.
The most effective way to reduce riverine litter is to identify and “seal the cracks” on land through which littered items slip into rivers and are carried away to the seas
18 cities or municipalities were awarded a second star for their continued cleanliness efforts this week at the National Congress of AVPU
The Clean Europe Network welcomes the 7 breakthrough propositions for sharing responsibility for litter prevention included by Parliament ...
The European common method provides local municipalities with a litter prevention management tool that gives them consistent feedback which they ...
EU scientists from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre published two studies that looks at the existing best available techniques to measure marine ...
“to achieve sustained reduction in consumption of packaging that is not recyclable” and of “excessive packaging”
Major steps forward have been made on litter and prevention of littering in the changes proposed by the European Parliament ENVI Committee
Over 80 municipalities and social organisations have joined hands to tackle litter across the Netherlands through a pilot project called Schoon Belonen
A simple mission - raise awareness to change behaviour - and a simple solution shared with simple imagery make for a great campaign
The second edition of the Stop Litter Now! Summit and the two pilot programmes - a common litter measurement methodology and litter pathways to the aquatic environment
Let’s Do It! is hosting the conference called “Connecting Heroes” from 26 to 29 January next year, in Tallinn, Estonia
Keep Britain Tidy is launching a new bi-annual publication called The Journal of Litter and Environmental Quality. This has been developed through its ...
The common European method for measuring and monitoring litter works! This was the unanimous conclusion of local authority representatives ...
A workshop was hosted at the European Commission’s representation in Paris on 22 & 23 November. The aim was to get feedback from participants on the materials that they had tried ...
In the next two weeks we will be carrying out two workshops to consolidate the key learnings from the piloting exercises we carried out throughout the year
The European Parliament has proposed to strengthen the litter prevention elements in the EU circular economy blueprint in several ways, notably through a strong focus on ...
We know that litter is there and that it is a problem, but actually measuring it in different contexts really is an eye opener said participants in a Network pilot run in Thessaloniki
In the next two years, municipalities will reward schools, sports clubs and other associations for keeping areas litter free; with so much experimentation, we hope to learn ...
Martin Brocklehurst is an independent environmental consultant that has been helping the Clean Europe Network ever since it was launched in 2013
Dr Chiarina Darrah of Eunomia Research & Consulting is one of the key experts supporting the Clean Europe Network’s pre-pilot work on the toolkit for monitoring how litter enters waterways
NederlandSchoon has developed a practical approach to keep so-called candy-routes - streets, squares and pathways in the vicinity of schools - clean.
Indevuilbak has launched a new campaign to encourage people to dispose of their trash responsibly. The tried and tested method of reinforcing positive social norms
The Network is working to produce a toolkit or guide that can be used by cities or municipalities across Europe to measure litter as it enters their waterways and identify potential cost-effective abatement str...
Each year thousands of people flock to Sweden’s pristine countryside in search of adventure and connection with nature. The Outdoor Access Rights serve to encourage people
As the summer holidays begin, we enter the most sensitive period of the year. Now is the time when it is the most crucial to have the proper litter prevention measures in place
The European Parliament proposes an EU-wide 50 % reduction target of land based litter by 2030, a definition for "litter" as well as for "littering"
The Network is currently working on a litter measurement methodology that will generate comprehensive data on litter and littering at a European-wide level
The City of Copenhangen ran a litter-prevention programme called “Pure Love” that has allowed it to claim the title of cleanest city in Europe by making clever use of nudging
The European Parliament makes recommendations for a legal definition of littering and provisions to make producers financially responsible for litter prevention and collection
The goal of the 12 Summits project is to create awareness of the presence of litter in the Netherlands by climbing the highest points of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands
Two days of intense deliberations about the urgent need to tackle litter and littering have left us all with a renewed sense of mission. Participants at the Stop Litter Now! Summit
Whether we like it or not, whether we think of it or not, we all leave something behind. Some will strive to create a legacy worthy of the name, while
On 19 and 20 April, Europe’s foremost litter prevention experts will come together in Brussels to address the long term challenge of keeping our environments clean
Indevuilbak launched its annual spring clean-up campaign in March with a light and humorous touch
Hold Danmark Rent was relaunched as an independent organisation in order to better focus on litter prevention expertise and to see how to transform litter into recycled products
NederlandSchoon organized a special school contest with Sanoma Publishers, Donald Duck Weekly for this year’s Countrywide Clean-up Day: the Cornelis Coot Contest
A recent report by Keep Scotland Beautiful reveals a picture of deteriorating environmental quality after years of improvement
250,000 people took part in Clean for The Queen campaign between 4 and 6 March 2016
In April Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful will call for everybody to say ‘Live Here Love Here’ and support clean ups throughout Northern Ireland for the BIG Spring Clean
Hubbub has set about testing approaches to creating litter free streets in its “Neat Streets” initiative
The Committee of the Regions has charged Domenico Gambacorta to be its spokesman on waste and the circular economy
Since 2007 IGSU has been actively raising awareness of and preventing littering throughout Switzerland
A first idea of the European Parliament’s line on proposed new EU litter rules should be available by late-April
AVPU is launching an eco-cleanliness label for cities in France aiming to recognise and encourage efforts to make lasting improvements to the cleanliness of public spaces
Their ‘Be Tidy’ multimedia communications campaign was designed to inspire and support people to help clean up an area in their community
After the Flemish Region in the northern part of the country, the Walloon Region in the south has signed up to the plan, which is to be financed by producers
Producers groups in Belgium are committing to fund a national litter prevention programme, rumoured to be worth about €17 million annually to reduce litter by 20% by 2022
The litter challenge is great. It is a tragedy of the commons that we must overcome... together! We need exceptional leaders to open the way, each in their own capacity
You can achieve incredible progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal — Bill Gates
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” For us at the Clean Europe Network, each new year is a chance to renew our commitment to a litter free Europe by 2030
As the search for EU-wide solutions to litter prevention and out-of-home collection continues, EU ministers explore the possibility of having an EU-wide deposit return scheme
The second edition of the Stop Litter Now! Summit will be held in April 2016. After the success of the first edition towards the end of 2014, we expect many more constructive debates
The European Commission put forward comprehensive proposals to address the dual problem of littering and litter in the EU in its proposed waste directive
Are you a public or private body directly involved in litter prevention/management with an interest in promoting improvement in litter prevention?
Litter prevention features in the new set of proposals by the European Commission to accelerate our transition to a Circular Economy
For many, litter is just a negative externality, an unwelcome fact of life. But it doesn't have to be. Litter, or the lack thereof, is a business opportunity
Karmenu Vella, the European Commmissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, has agreed to give the keynote speech at the Stop Litter Now! Summit 2016
Vacances Propres receives the 42nd prize of the public at the Grand Prix of External Communications for its efforts in raising awareness about the improper behaviour of littering
The G-snake is an elongated bin that allows motorists to get rid of their rubbish before driving onto the thoroughfare
On 18 November NederlandSchoon will host litter prevention experts from all over the Netherlands in Utrecht to discuss and showcase the benefits of collaboration in their field
We are “kind when in nature” and “naturally kind”. Through the play on words, Keep Denmark Tidy aims to encourage people not to litter the environment by appealing to their inner kindnes...
Since January 2013, 35 individuals have been honoured with the “Hero of the month” award for their outstanding contribution to cleaning up Scotland
Awareness campaigns by Vacances Propres used to focus on how nice it would be if we all made an effort to keep our environments clean
The European food and beverage service and convenience packaging association recently released a video promoting its products as indispensable