When the national litter-collecting week kicks off on Monday April 13, a record number of school children will be ready with their rubbish bags to pick up garbage from Denmark's nature.
The 90,000 kids signed up for this year's litter awareness week – organised by the Danish society for nature conservation, Danmarks Naturfredningsforening (DN) – is about 23 percent higher than the current record of 70,000 kids set back in 2012.
”It's very gratifying that so many schools and institutions choose to take a day out of their schedule to give nature a helping hand,” Ole Laursen, the head of the DN litter-collecting programme, said.
”Picking up trash left by other people is a good habit. Despite children learning to pick up after themselves, it makes good sense in this specific situation to clean up after others.”
Laursen said that last year over 101,000 cans were removed from Danish nature during trash-collecting week, which is open to everyone to take part in, not just school children.