Posts Tagged ‘The Pick Up the Trash Day’

Pick Up the Trash Day is here!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Remember how I wrote in February about the annual Pick Up the Trash Day? Well, now it’s April and kiddos all over Sweden are gearing up to run around and clean up their communities. So far over 145 000 young ones are signed up for this year.

New for 2009 is that all participating schools, municipalities etc. can post on a collective blog, so that we all can check in on what’s up. And get more pix like this one here:

Trash kids from Byrsjö School

Trash kids from Byrsjö School

The Pick Up the Trash Day

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Went to one of those political breakfast seminars this morning, and shared the table with Emma and Elin from the cool Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation. The KSTF run a couple of great campaigns, like the Agricultural Scrap Campaign, but my closest relation with them comes from my childhood, and the Pick Up the Trash Day.

The Pick Up the Trash Day has been a standing tradition for preeschools  and lower compulsory schools all over Sweden for decades. It’s pretty straight forward: Kids go out in their communities with their teachers for a day and pick up trash. I have fond memories of the kid Victor running around the neighbourhood and it’s sorroundings with classmates in the late 80’s spring, armed with a black trash bag, picking up cigarette stumps and thrown away plastic stuff. If one of us spotted a broken bottle or any other shards, we would shout “Mrs! GLASS!!!”, and one of the adults would come and take care of the dangerous pieces.

The next Pick Up the Trash Day happens in the week of April 20th-26th. Last year 220 000 kids (Sweden’s total population is 9 million) participated, and the KSTF hope for even more this year. I have already decided to have my own Pick Up the Trash Day, wherever I am in the world in two months from now. Who wants to join in?

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