1. Bulgaria – a company leading the campaign

There is no specially registered organization for the initiative. Initiator and motor of the campaign is the biggest private national TV station – bTV Media Group. As a stable business corporation we can spend serious resources in conducting the initiative – on-air promotion, popular people, motivation for the institutions and business organizations from different areas.

In conducting the initiative for the first time in Bulgaria a horizontal management of the activities of the campaign was implemented. A network of partners was created among which NGOs, universities, firms, regional authorities and governmental institutions, other media. There are representatives of all areas of public life – Ministry of Ecology, the petroleum company OMV, the biggest recycling company, DHL, branch organizations of the agricultural producers, the Association of polymeric producers, advertising companies and the most read lifestyle magazines.

All of us worked towards the common goal – to clean Bulgaria in one day. Everyone of us spent resources and invested in the goal. There is no threshold or a required minimum in order to participate in the initiative. There was no leading partner, which controls the management of the resources. Each of the partners is a leader in their own sphere and plans and organizes their own resources. Thus, we guarantee a better management of the activities in the specific area with the help of the best experts.

The total number of partners was more than 70 – private companies, government institutions, branch and professional organizations, NGOs and media. In the structure of each of them was established a team with 2 to 5 experts.

2. Latvia – strong core team

As we are organizing the big cleanup for the last five years, we have made a strong system of coordinators from Latvian association of local and regional governments who help to organize cleanups in the local and regional municipalities.

We had several small organizations working on cleanups before but at the end of 2011 they all joined the Project Pedas. We have 5 people in the core team who are organizing strategic planning and communication with all interested parties. Core team consist of the project manager, coordinator for municipalities, coordinator of education program, coordinator for courtyards program and project administrator. Supportive team consists of representatives from all organizations involved and sponsoring cleanups. Local organizers are the municipality coordinators. There is one in each municipality, so all together about 25 people.

This structure works for Latvia because we are a small country. The core team in numbers is not big therefore the coordinators play a very important role in municipalities and representatives from supporting organizations. It is a good structure because many decisions are made locally according to wishes of people who are participating in cleanups. The cleanup is organized at each place and local people are involved. The role of core team is to make sure that people have all resources necessary for clean-up to make it happen.

3. Greece – organizing committee plus regional coordinators

The core team was composed of 10 people. An organizing committee made the decisions how the campaign should advance. This committee would branch out across Greece, very much in the way that Let's do it! World is operating with coordinators assigned for every region. So each region had one coordinator who was in contact with our Help Desk (which consisted of members of the core team). For communication we mostly used e-mail, Facebook, our website and Skype. Our organizing comittee was divided into three teams which had the general overview of the campaign. Those teams where IT and communications, marketing, logistics.

4. Lithuania – 200 voluntary members in the team

Our organisation is called „Mes Darom". We are working by voluntary principle since 2008 when first cleanup action was launched. Organization consists of 200 members.

In 2008 we publicly announced a gamble - who will collect more trash on 5th of May - Estonia or Lithuania. Estonians went first, but our team didn't give up and in two weeks after the clean up team created public institution, called "Mes Darom". Since then "Mes Darom" have had coordinators in different districts and main administration in Lithianian capital Vilnius.

Every year "Mes Darom" is changing personal, but its size stays similar depending on season: from 10 people on calm season and to 300-500 on cleanup day. The largest number of people are coordinators and they are necessary to stay at "heatpoints" on cleanup day and to help volunteers (give special equipment, introduction where to leave trash and etc.).

"Mes Darom" is a non-profit organization and for reaching waste disposal issues it had to share responsibility with municipalities. On 2008 only 14 municipalities were involved while on 2012 the whole Lithuania with its 60 municipalities was in action.

"Mes Darom" invites everybody to cleanup the country and in cooperation with municipalities remove collected waste to the dump sites. The main problem is that every year there is a lot of waste to collect again, that is why we are ready to change our conception for creating whole Lithuania more beautiful.

5. Limpa Brasil – one team for the whole country

We have a team that works in all cleanups in Brazil – approximately 10 people.
The regional team is always composed by local people. On 2012 we had a huge help of the Brazilian Army, that was our partner.

6. Nepal – another movement took over

The core team consists of 15 members only. There were additional groups of around 60 volunteer leaders and volunteers to lead the local campaigns. The core team is comprised of Board Members of Green Action. The volunteer leaders are independent groups especially formed for the clean-up purpose.

7. Portugal – informal team

The organization of this event in Portugal is quite informal. In the core team there were 7 members of AMO Portugal. Our main goal was to create a platform were the local groups could announce their contacts and activities. We also negotiated with national and governmental partners and helped the local groups to organize themselves when that was requested.

Contact person: Ilze Aizsilniece <aizsili [at] latnet [dot] lv