The European Litter Prevention Association


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.

Act For Tomorrow (Romania)Act for Tomorrow is an NGO that launches projects for waste collection, communication campaigns for raising awareness on a waste and litter-free world and litter clean-up activities. Among their main activities are the GreenACT and WaterACT which involve educational projects implemented in schools, companies, and local communities, comprehensive clean-up campaigns directly involving community members and volunteers and mitigation of water pollution by developing innovative waste collection elements.

Act For Tomorrow has launched several litter-related initiatives such as:

• Recycling Championship (2023) which was a national eco-education and waste collection project organized in preparation of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Romania,
• the Mapping Microplastics in Romanian Waters where the organisation conducted the first monitoring of microplastics in Romania's major freshwater sources, launching the subsequent report in 2021,
• Creation of an electric waste-collecting boat that was used for cleaning-up litter in Romanian rivers.
An Taisce (Ireland)An Taisce is a membership-based charity organisation funded by several organisations in Ireland, among them being the Irish Environmental Network (IEN) and the Government of Ireland through government departments, agencies and local authorities. The organisation advocates for sustainable planning and development while it designs and delivers environmental education programmes.
It has three branches, the Advocacy Unit, the Environmental Education Unit and the Properties Unit. The partnership with the Network comes through the Education Unit. An Taisce Education Unit is the National Operator for all international environmental education programmes of FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), including the Blue Flag Award for Beaches and Marinas and Green-Schools, the international environmental education programme in operation across 93% of Irish
BeWaPP (Belgium)Be WaPP is a non-profit association created by Fost Plus, Fevia Wallonie and Comeos. It is the result of a partnership agreement between Wallonia and companies which put packaged products on the Belgian market. This partnership agreement aims to prevent and reduce incivilities which have a negative impact on public cleanliness and the living environment in Wallonia, and in particular the abandonment of waste in public spaces. The association is financed by Fost Plus.

Be WaPP is developing and implementing every year a broad action program based on 4 issues: expertise and knowledge sharing, synergies and the mobilization of the various actors involved or concerned by the public space, behavioural change including awareness raising, education, and repression, and the circular economy aiming at maximum recycling of waste from public spaces. This program is fully in line with the objectives set by Wallonia through the Walloon Waste-Resources Plan.

The objective is clear: to implement all means to achieve a significant reduction in litter and illegal dumping in the public space. This will lead to the improvement of common life, the reinforcement of the attractiveness of the area, the preservation of the environment and the reduction of the related societal
Gestes Propres (France)Gestes Propres, a not-for-profit industry-financed organisation founded in 1971, is active in holiday and natural areas with the objective of increasing public awareness of littering and to prevent it. Gestes Propres launches annual awareness campaigns around such sporting events as the Tour de France. Its preventative action is focussed on its widely recognised litter bins and bags it provides the public.

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
Hold Norge Rent (Norway)Keep Norway Beautiful was founded in 2004 by the Norwegian Waste Management and Recycling Association.

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
IGSU (Switzerland)Newly formed in May 2007, the IGSU is an Interest Group for a Clean Environment in Switzerland. The initiative was taken by two private sector recycling organisations, the IGORA Cooperative for Aluminium Recycling and PRS PET-RECYCLING Switzerland. The two organisations have been working together against littering since 2004. Nonetheless, they sought to support activities against littering on a larger scale and have therefore founded the IGSU. The intention is to create an open platform in the campaign against littering and to interest further partners from consumer-related segments and the recycling industry to carry out joint
Keep Baltic Tidy (Baltics)The Keep Baltic Tidy Organisation is a network which works with its member organisations in the Baltic Sea Region to tackle sustainable development issues. Following Sweden and Finland’s call for the creation of such a network, Keep Baltic Tidy was founded in 1993. The network initiates, implements and develops environmental projects for the general public with the aim of contributing to sustainable development in the Baltic Sea area.

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
Keep Denmark Tidy (Denmark)Hold Danmark Rent, or Keep Denmark Tidy, is a widely recognised not-for-profit Danish organisation whose main objective is to reduce the amount of litter in Denmark.

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
Keep Sweden Tidy (Sweden)The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1983 to promote recycling and combat litter through public awareness campaigns, awards and environmental education. The Foundation strives to influence people’s attitudes and behaviour in order to encourage a sustainable development.

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
Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association (Finland)Established in 1969, the Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association (Pidä Saaristo Siistinä) is a Finnish environmental organisation for boaters and all those travelling in and around Finnish waterways. The Association serves the archipelago and coastal regions, as well as the network of lakes in the Finnish Lakeland region.

The task and aim of the Association is to keep Finland’s coastlines and archipelago clean, and to support opportunities for recreational boating and the enjoyment of all the waterways in and around Finland. The activities of the Association are diverse and concrete, from environmental maintenance tasks and educational work to national and international project work.
Keep the Estonian Sea Tidy (Estonia)Founded in 1993, Hoia Eesti Merd, or Keep the Estonian Sea Tidy, is an independent non-governmental environmental protection organisation specialised in environmental public awareness, proper waste handling solutions, archipelago and marine related issues. The organisation relies entirely on spontaneous participation and contributions.

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
Limpeza Urbana (Portugal)Associação Limpeza Urbana (ALU) is a network of municipalities and stakeholders (public and private) with the aim of promoting urban cleanliness and its services, valuing its workers, fostering innovation, research, and development of innovative and smarter solutions for the sector. Founded in 2019, ALU promotes synergies between players, both public and private, working as a collaboration platform that helps cities and other public entities responsible for urban cleaning services to design and implement smart, sustainable and circular strategies. ALU acts as a voice of the national sector, defending its perspective and needs next to the Portuguese Government. As a result of ALU's work, urban cleanliness was included in the recent recast of the Portuguese Strategic Plan for Urban Waste (PERSU 2030), that assigns specific actions to the Association. ALU helps its members in raising awareness among citizens by developing communication campaigns that promote sustainable practices in which concerns waste and litter prevention. These campaigns can be freely used and adapted by the members, some of them with limited resources to allocate to urban cleanliness awareness campaigns. "Limpa a tua rua" (clean your street), "Coco do cao nao fica no chao" (pick up your dog poop) and "#Brigadamaispresente" (waste collectors are always there) are some of the campaigns promoted by
Mooimakers (Belgium)Mooimakers (Belgium)“Mooimakers” literally means “the makers of beautiful”. Mooimakers is the Flemish initiative to tackle litter and fly-tipping by OVAM, Fost Plus and VVSG. OVAM is responsible for waste, materials and soil remediation policy in Flanders. Fost Plus is responsible for the collection and recycling of household packaging in Belgium. Local governments are responsible for public cleanliness and are united in the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG).

Mooimakers is dedicated to creating a society where litter and fly-tipping are unacceptable. To that end, we are working with anyone who wants to contribute to eliminating these issues. We aim to bring about lasting change in attitudes and behaviour.

Mooimakers is the engine behind a social movement that everyone can be a part of. We implement the litter and fly-tipping policy. We do this by by working on an integrated policy based on six pillars (participation - communication - infrastructure - environment - enforcement - prevention), we aim to create a society without litter/fly-tipping!

The fight against litter is a shared responsibility for civilians, federal, regional and local authorities, the industry and other partners. Mooimakers proactively supports all actors engaged in the fight against litter.
Paisaje Limpio (Spain)Paisaje Limpio is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 2004 to promote litter prevention and civic behaviour that respects the environment through education and awareness raising.

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.
VerpactVerpact is the result of a merger between three organisations: Stichting Afvalfonds Verpakkingen (AVP), Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken (KIDV) and Nederland Schoon. Verpact is funded by producers and companies through their EPR obligations for packaging, representing the Dutch EPR scheme. As an organisation, it ensures the efficient collection and recycling of packaging, including through Deposit and Return Systems. The objectives are clear:
• Assist producers and consumers in making sustainable and circular choices
• Promote reuse
• Reduce litter
• Minimise the environmental impact of packaging