NEWS: A country where professionals clean twice a day

15/09/2018 Singapore, the cleanest country in the world, is being cleaned twice a day. There is one cleaner per 100 inhabitants. Still nearly 1% of the population attended the first national cleanup event. Physically, the impact of cleanup is minimum, because Singapore was already clean before cleanup. But there was strong impact on the general […]

15/09/2018

Singapore, the cleanest country in the world, is being cleaned twice a day. There is one cleaner per 100 inhabitants. Still nearly 1% of the population attended the first national cleanup event.

Physically, the impact of cleanup is minimum, because Singapore was already clean before cleanup. But there was strong impact on the general attitude. Singapore is clean because they have an army of professional cleaners – there is one cleaner per a hundred Singaporeans. And they clean the city twice daily.

Singapore goes through 1.76 billion plastic items a year, recycling less than 20 per cent. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 people online, it was found that people in Singapore take 820 million plastic bags yearly from supermarkets. Only 2 per cent of these supermarket plastic bags were recycled by consumers. This is one plastic product and it gives an idea of the huge problems that are around the corner, because Singapore is a super big “plastic-user”. The Singapore WCD (World CleanUp Day) wanted to make people more responsible for their own trash and be more aware of what they consume. They found it especially amazing that many young people attended. At the first event, the people turnup was great. 80% of people who signed up actually turned up.

It is remarkable that half of the participants were schoolchildren. The organizers are happy that the younger generation´s awareness is growing.
Many embassies located in Singapore participated in the WCD event. To name just a few- the Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of Netherlands. the Estonian consul was the guest of honour.

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World Cleanup Day events can be followed through the homepage  www.letsdoitworld.org. The 24-hour, non-stop World Cleanup Live Show will cover the cleanups across the globe. The show is hosted by Irish TV presenter and producer Colm Flynn and TV presenter Zihlo Ndlovu from Zimbabwe and will be broadcast from Tallinn, Estonia. It will be aired via the World Cleanup Day website https://www.worldcleanupday.org/and also via Facebook and YouTube channels.

The year 2018 marks 100 years since the founding of the Republic of Estonia. World Cleanup Day 2018 is Estonia’s biggest gift to the world on its 100th anniversary. More information about the centenary events can be found at www.EV100.ee

More information:

Website:  www.worldcleanupday.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/worldcleanupday2018/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/letsdoitworld

Tiina Urm, Head of Communication

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