Clean Up Checklist

Nature conservation is that easy

At cleanups on beaches, streams or rivers, several hundred tons of plastic waste are collected every year in Germany alone and thus removed from the marine ecosystem.

If you also want to participate in this movement, please inform yourself on this page and become active in your area.

In three steps to the cleanup

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Everyone has some at home - bags, pouches and buckets. They are your superpower as a nature conservationist. We always carry one with us and quickly turn a walk into a cleanup.

Gloves and garbage tongs make your cleanup adventure much easier. Some of us also use wooden barbecue tongs. Most of the time we already have the optimal equipment at home.

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Cleaning up

And off you go. Whether on the coast, on rivers or in the park in front of your door - Whether planned or spontaneous - We clean up and set positive intentions and inspire our fellow human beings. You can announce your cleanup on social media and in local newspapers with a photo and a short text.

If you want to collect in a nature reserve, you need a permit. Contact the responsible authorities for this. Never put yourself or other living beings in danger when doing a cleanup. Depending on the number of participants in the cleanups, a short safety briefing on the area and possible dangers can sometimes be helpful at the beginning.

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In most cases, there are sufficient disposal options available. There you can get rid of your garbage. But sometimes we have to rethink. That's why we find out beforehand whether we need a car or truck to dispose of the waste in a sustainable way. For larger campaigns, support from the local city cleaning service is also conceivable.

Track your route on our cleanup map to make the impact measurable. You can also share a photo of your finds on social media and inspire more people.

What else you should know

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Cleanups are fun and create a sense of community. But being outside in the fresh air for a long time can also make you hungry. That's why it's worth bringing enough food and drinks with you.

We often ask local restaurants if they would like to support our cleanup with free treats. Most of the time we are met with enthusiasm.

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Every little bit helps

A cleanup can take place on a small scale or in large groups. Whether spontaneous or planned - Every little bit helps. So don't put any pressure on yourself. It's more about the collective mindset that makes the difference. We want to work together for a clean future. This works best with solidarity.

No matter how big your impact may be - we are grateful that you are willing to make a difference. The most important step is to get started.

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Be active from anywhere.

You decide what your cleanup adventure should look like.
You can freely decide the location, time, duration and size of the group.

Most cleanups are unplanned and arise from the awareness of making the seas cleaner every day. Not every cleanup has to last three hours and be extensively planned. A 30-minute walk through the park in front of your door is also a big step towards a clean future.

You can also easily join one of our cleanup events or organize one with us. We look forward to seeing you!