Clean Up Day in Rahat, Israel. Photo: Natalie Kadosh
Every year, millions of people around the world go out to clean up their surroundings on Clean Up the World Day. In Israel, Clean Up Day is led by KKL-JNF in forests, open spaces and communities. Thousands of Israelis from all sectors of society join in the clean-up efforts.
About 200,000 volunteers are expected to take part in Clean Up Day in Israel this year, with the cooperation of regional and local councils, government bodies, and schools.
Educational activities will be held all over Israel, from the Negev to the Galilee, for all of Israel's population sectors: Jewish, Arab, Christian, Beduin, and Druze. The day will include integrational activities for Jewish and Arab schoolchildren, and integrational activities for people with physical and/or mental disabilities (in cooperation with the NGO "Access Israel").
For the first time, absorption centers for newly arrived immigrants from Ethiopia will also take part in the day's activities, a program made possible thanks to the support of JNF USA.
All Clean Up Day volunteers will receive environmentally informative preparatory instruction, free transportation to and from clean up sites, a special cap, T-shirt and gloves, and garbage bags in 3 colors for the different types of refuse - organic, paper, and plastic.