Let's Clean Slovenia in One Day!

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Let's clean Slovenia in one day / Očistimo Slovenijo v enem dnevu!
The logo of 2010 all-Slovenian cleanup campaign
Date(s)17 April 2010; 11 years ago (2010-04-17)
Frequency3 occurences
Years active12
Participants270000 (in 2010)

Volunteers cleaning a sinkhole dump near Verd during the event


Let's Clean Slovenia in One Day! (OSVED!) was a Wikipedia:Slovenian environmental volunteer project organized by the environmental organization Ecologists Without Borders on 17 April 2010. Its goal was to carry out the largest environmental campaign in the history of Slovenia by uniting 200,000 volunteers to remove at least 20,000 tons of waste in the form of illegal dumpsites, mostly on the periphery of towns and villages, and also the litter in urban areas. The project was inspired by the Estonian campaign Let's Do It 2008.


The first trigger was an email, sent by Nara Petrovič to a circle of his friends are partners on 21 July 2009 with the content:

In one day we can clean the world ... together!

...as Estonians have done in 2008. I heard the presentation of their project and got to know two persons who appear in the video (link below). Inspiring, isn't it? Do you think we can do something like this in Slovenia? Together? If you want to know more, look online or write to me. Before you do, of course, check this video: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5GryIDl0qY>

Sunny greetings,


The project was initiated on 11 August 2009, with an invitation, sent by Aleš Pevc from a news portal Sončeve pozitivke (Sunny Positive News)[1].

The first physical meeting, organised by Aleš Pevc and Nara Petrovič, took place on 2 September 2009 and was attended by 16 people. Over a few further meetings with an increasing number of participants, the core team formed, created a project plan, established partnerships and on 12 January 2010 officially launched the project at a press conference, where 17 April 2010 was announced as the national cleanup day.

In the six months before the cleanup, the momentum was built up by various promotional and organisational activities: roundtables, animations in schools and kindergardens, media events with municipal officials, pilot cleanups, interviews, a flashmob, a fashion show etc. [2]

A comprehensive directory of illegal dumpsites was created in collaboration with a Slovenian GIS mapping service Geopedia. 115,000 of dumpsites were registered, containing an estimated 100,000 cubic metres (3,500,000 cu ft) of waste.[3]

A large number of national associations, unions and other organisations joined the project. A list of main partners in [4], includes:

  • Tourist Association of Slovenia along with local Tourist Associations,
  • National Fishing Union along with other Fishing Associations,
  • Mountaineering Association of Slovenia,
  • Slovenian Hunters' Association,
  • Slovenian Catholic Girl Guides and Boy Scouts Association,
  • National Scout Organisation,
  • Slovenian Firemen Association,
  • Olympic Committee of Slovenia,
  • Kayak and Canoe Federation of Slovenia,
  • Slovenian Diving Federation,
  • Non-government organisations—Focus, Umanotera, Cipra, Institute for

Sustainable Development, Eco Vitae and many others,

Around 300 members of the Slovenian Armed Forces participated in three pilot cleanups a week before the main event to sort out logistical planning for the main event.[7][8]

According to official data, there were approximately 105,000 registration from all Slovene municipalities by the closing of registration period on 10 April. The registration was subsequently extended until the event day. The plan was to collect 80,000 cubic metres (2,800,000 cu ft) of waste; while hazardous waste and construction waste were not to be picked, but they were indexed in the registry to be collected later by properly equipped proffesionals.[3]

On the day of the event, around 270,000 volunteers, or more than 13% of the Slovenian population participated,[9] making Let's Clean Slovenia in One Day! the largest civic initiative in the history of independent Slovenia[10] and setting the world record.[11] They removed 60,000 cubic metres (2,100,000 cu ft), or 12,000 tons of waste from 7000 landfills.[12] For this achievement, Ecologists Without Borders were awarded the Order of Merit of Slovenia by the president Danilo Türk.[13]

See also


  1. Final Report of Let's clean Slovenia in one day project, page 156 |accessdate=2020-05-22
  2. Final Report of Let's clean Slovenia in one day project, page 156 |accessdate=2020-05-22
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Očistimo Slovenijo: V soboto naj bi očistili 80.000 kubičnih metrov odpadkov na divjih odlagališčih" [Let's clean Slovenia: 80,000 cubic meters of waste on illegal landfills are to be cleaned on Saturday]. Dnevnik (in slovenščina). 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  4. Final Report of Let's clean Slovenia in one day project, pages 96-98|accessdate=2020-05-22
  5. "Priprave na popis divjih odlagališč (17.3.2010)" [Preparation for the illegal landfill inventory] (in slovenščina). Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  6. "Oddelek podpira akcijo "Očistimo Slovenijo"" [The department supports the "Let's Clean Slovenia" action] (in slovenščina). Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  7. "Slovenska vojska dejavna v akciji Očistimo Slovenijo v enem dnevu" [Slovene Army active in Let's Clean Slovenia in One Day] (in slovenščina). Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia. 2010-03-03. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  8. "Očistimo Slovenijo: Pripadniki Slovenske vojske so zbrali že 70 kubičnih metrov odpadkov" [Let's Clean Slovenia: Members of the Slovenian Armed Forces have already collected 70 cubic meters of waste]. Dnevnik (in slovenščina). 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  9. "Let's Clean Slovenia 2012". Statistical Office of Slovenia. 22 March 2012.
  10. Žerdin, A.; Mazi, B. (2010-04-17). "Potrebujemo čistilno akcijo v naših glavah" [We need a cleanup in our heads]. Dnevnik. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  11. "Cyber-activists launch 80-nation campaign against illegal trash dumps". The Raw Story. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  12. "Dan potem..." [The Day After...]. 24ur.com. 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  13. "Red za zasluge" [Order of Merit]. Office of the President of Republic of Slovenia. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-03-26.

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