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“Let’s Cleanup Europe” Campaign
3 May – 3 June 2019

The Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association – HELMEPA, National Coordinator of this pan-European Campaign, invites us all, youngsters and adults, to take part in this year’s initiative and to express our environmental sensitivity by organizing a symbolic cleanup.

We all know that every year, millions of tons of plastics and other litter pollute our seas, beaches, rivers, forests and other urban or natural areas. This is primarily due to the lack of proper waste management practices but also because of our attitude towards the problem, our indifference and maybe the ignorance of the impacts on our own life.

Aiming to project the serious problem of waste pollution and the need to prevent it, for the 6th consecutive year, the “Let’s Cleanup Europe” Campaign will be held in Greece from 3 May to 3 June 2019, without this meaning that you may not schedule your cleanup any other date close to this period.

The invitation is addressed to students, parents, teachers, Port Authorities, Municipal and Regional Authorities, companies, Embassies, environmental organizations, nature conservation societies, scuba-diving clubs, nautical and sailing clubs, local associations and volunteer groups.

Last year, the Campaign mobilized more than 800,000 volunteers in Europe, while in Greece 7,750 volunteers participated in 187 cleanup events, collecting 16 tonnes of waste, 4 of which were recycled by the Hellenic Recovery-Recycling Corporation (HE.R.R.Co.).

This year’s Campaign is also an ideal opportunity to make our message be heard loudly at the local, national and European level; that is that we care about the environment and that we have high expectations from our elected representatives.

Children and cleanup coordinators will receive

Commemorative Diplomas by HELMEPA


The call is for interested parties to either organize their own cleanup of a nearby beach, lakefront, park, forest or neighbourhood, or participate in one of the scheduled activities.

When your action is registered, you will be able to view it on the map!

HELMEPA provides participants with electronic supporting material, while providing publicity and promoting the voluntary actions throughout Greece via its website and its Facebook page.

Fill in the Special Trash Data Form

By filling in these forms, volunteers contribute to the scientific study of the problem, thus providing valuable data on the quantities, types and origin of the waste. These data are processed by HELMEPA and sent to competent national and international bodies for further use.

Are you an iPhone or Android user?

Record the waste through the electronic application Marine Litter Watch.

The European Environment Agency has developed a modern e-tool, which allows volunteers who take part in beach cleanups to record easily, quickly and clearly the waste they collect, using their smartphone or tablet.

Besides its practicality, Marine Litter Watch (MLW) is compatible and coherent with the sampling methodology developed by the European Union on monitoring marine litter in a standardized monitoring approach, which ensures the collection of scientific data. This is of particular importance as marine litter is one of the key indicators used for monitoring and improving the environmental status of beaches and coastal waters of the EU countries, in accordance with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

MLW is available online for free for any interested user. You can download for Android devices and iPhone / iPad. Join HELMEPA’s community of volunteer users and find detailed information about the on-line registration of waste.

Thus, apart from informing and raising awareness among participants, qualitative and measurable data are exported using the citizen science approach, which is widely promoted the last few years across Europe.

Useful Advice


  • Choose the location of your cleanup, get the key local stakeholders involved and advertise your cleanup activity throughout your community, urging everyone to come along and take part!
  • Don’t forget to wear gloves and take a camera! Send your photos to HELMEPA at
  • Remember! Recording everything you find and sending us this data will help us understand the problem of marine litter better and fight the issue


  • Never dive alone and make sure you let the local port authorities know about your underwater cleanup, requesting any special permit if necessary
  • Start by recording anything that’s floating on the surface of the sea and then get stuck into the “nitty gritty” below
  • Collect separately recyclable items (e.g. plastic bottles) and hazardous waste (like batteries whose chemicals may seep into the sea)
  • Don’t try and remove huge, heavy items that are stuck on the seabed
  • Notify the local port authorities about any mass items such as metal barrels or other metallic items on the seabed so that they can handle them
  • Don’t forget to take your underwater camera! Send us pics to


  • Do you know how many years it takes for certain everyday household items to break-down in the sea? Check out the poster
  • Are you recycling at home? We can recycle more than you might think… Get to know all the different items in the home that you can recycle and get started today! Check out the poster (in Greek)


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Further information at HELMEPA’s Environmental Awareness Sector, tel. 210 9343088 or email

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