1. Brazil – authorities responsible for the logistics

As Brazil is a really big country, we decided to adapt the project. Our goal is not only to warn people about the garbage being dumped on illegal spots, but to teach about the importance of recycling.

Instead of doing one cleanup day for the whole country, we promote cleanups at the biggest cities (more than 1 million inhabitants), on different days. The actions are financed by several companies, and we also have the support of public authorities. Since 2011, we've promoted actions in 14 different cities.

First of all, we get in touch with authorities, to get the authorization to do the action (the one day cleanup) and also to develop the educational work in public schools and with other areas related to the garbage issues: health, environment, public cleansing, etc. Without this support we would not be able to do our project, because we depend on them for the logistics of the action.

Then we start finding partners in the country to help us. Hotels for our team, graphic stores to print our material (flyers, poster, etc), volunteers to work on the cleanup day at flag-stations.
One month before the cleanup we start the educational program in schools and start our general mobilization. Two weeks before, we start the advertising campaign.

On the action day, we open the flag-stations at schools, squares and other strategic points all around the city starting from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people to bring the recyclable waste they can find, or even the waste they would throw as common garbage. Brazil doesn't have an organized recycling system, currently Brazil only recycles 2% of their total waste. The authorities are responsible for the logistic - taking the waste from the flag-stations to the cooperative societies that will recycle it.
After the cleanup, we usually offer to the volunteers a concert, for free.

2. AMO Portugal – local groups organize the logistics

All the logistics were organized by the local groups with the local partners.

3. Bulgaria – different approaches in the cities and countrysides

On the cleaning day the trash bags and gloves were distributed to the special spots in all towns and marked garbage spots on the map. Anyone who wanted could get the information about these spots on our website, a section was created with a link on the map listing more than 2,400 points of distribution.

Transporting the garbage inside towns – organized and financed by the municipalities and the local institutions. Outside towns the transportation was conducted by the organizers of the action with the resources they received from the partners of the campaign.
Garbage distribution to the regional and municipal dumping sites was free of charge and was provided by the Ministry of Environment.

4. Latvia – a shared responsibility

Spreading bags all around Latvia was organized by Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments and DHL. The distribution of the bags was organized by coordinators in different municipalities. Picking up the waste was organized by coordinators along with the waste management companies.

5. Austria – existing organizations do the work

Logistics was organised by the already existing clean up actions which already have cooperation with waste management companies. The companies took the garbage to recycling centers or to the inceneration plant.

6. Algeria – on their own

While transporting the collected waste, we depended on some friends and citizens who brought their materials and helped us to transport the big garbage.

All our partners were friends of ours, traders and some wealthy people who think that this type of volunteer work is a noble thing and very worthy of their support. There were workers who left their own jobs and came with materials of their own to help us, it was really amazing.

During all the cleanup, we used only one truck which was offered to us by some businessman in the region. It helped us immensely during the day.

It was difficult to transport the big garbages in the district of Bouira. During this period there was no official discharge in the region of Raffour. Finding a place for the waste was a difficult task because the population of each district refuses to have the discharge in its area.

In the district of Tamenrasset (in the desert of Algeria) there were no problems with the transportation. The garbage was transportated to official discharges.

Contact person: mariana [dot] midori [at] limpabrasil [dot] com (Limpa Brasil)