World Cleanup Day 2020

19 September 2020

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Join the biggest one-day civic action against waste in human history.

Join millions of volunteers in 180 countries to clean up the world in 19 September 2020!

What is World Cleanup Day?

This one day event is important as we can then share global best practices (dos and don’ts) to help one another with clean ups that can be related to training, waste management, job creations, business opportunities while making new friends and partners. Having interest in our environment is important as it effects us daily as it is also our responsibility to pass the earth to the next generation well too. We need to make the needed selfless sacrifices together as oppose to taking on selfish actions. Without judging, we will always encourage volunteers to find time that they may not have to help with this caring cause where possible. It may give you a different and fresh understanding and perspective on the issues of the environment should you not be familiar with it as of now. 
Cleanups are good for individuals as they are for corporates and governments. It is also good for human interaction and human resource management. Cleanups can be a positive movement for everyone to own by themselves and to do at their own time.

Find The Clean Up Projects Near to You!

We have clean up activities available around Malaysia. Feel free to join the clean up force.


Number of Volunteers Participated with Full Infos

Total Number of Volunteers Participated (with Full Infos and Without Full Infos)

Waste Collected Verified (on Kg)

Total Waste Collected (by kg) that is Verified and Unverified

*Call for non healthcare emergencies for assistance on Sat, 19 Sept 2020. It will be supported by Suria Medicare Concierge ( their CSR. Call or whatsapp at +6012 8828352

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What is Digital Cleanup?

As much as we want to clean our environment, we must not forget our personal
spaces too! With cleanup digitally initiative, we want to encourage people out there to clean up. Here are some places that we can clean up digitally:





1. Why is it important to clean up rubbish such as cigarette butts, papers, bottles etc.?
Cleaning the environment reduces pollution, protects unique ecosystems, prevents the extinction of endangered species and conserves resources, such as water, land and air. A clean environment ensures the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems upon which human life and all other life on Earth depends.
Other factors that negatively impact the environment include toxic emissions and the pollution of water, land and air. Pollutants also adversely affect human health, causing health conditions and diseases such as cholera, heart disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and respiratory tract and eye irritation. Pollutants have led to increased mortality rates.
2. How do we separate the rubbish effectively and efficiently?
Trash should be separated into two main categories: dry and wet waste. Dry waste consist of solid and recyclable materials, which can be further separated into three groups: plastic, paper and other.
Wet waste consists mostly of organic waste such as food, soiled diapers and other “damp” materials. Accordingly, trash of each category and subcategory should be collected in separate trash bags or bins.
3. What are all the things to do for the recce?

Identify the area you want to clean and make sure there will be trash to collect. Make sure it is safe, accessible and that you’re allowed to be there. Identify possible hazards such as busy roads, power lines, rocky/slippery areas or high tides and overcome these by changing location or fully preparing you and your team with a thorough briefing. Identify where you will have your assembly point, trash collection point and your first aid station. If in the river or in walking trials, it will also important to also note of snakes etc.

4. What to bring for the event?
  • Trash Supplies – Bring trash bags, trash pickup sticks, gloves to protect hands, cap, hand sanitizer and anything else you might need for trash removal to make your clean-up more successful. Please don’t use your bare hands; you never know what is on the trash or if there are sharp items. For broken glass removal, use something firmer than a trash bag that won’t allow glass to cut through.
  • Physical Protection – Encourage everyone to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, sweatshirts or something to protect arms, covered shoes to protect toes and any other types of apparel needed to protect your body from the elements.
  • Snacks & Water – Make sure to have snacks and water for every helper. Stay hydrated and fueled so all that hard work doesn’t wear you down.
  • Weighing Scale – Good to bring that so that you can weigh the waste where possible.
  • Bring Alongs – If possible, bring a camera to take high resolution picture. Record a video if you can and you can also do a short clip on the project and your experience.
5. Social Gathering and Distancing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

We are fully aware of the pandemic situation and that is why we are very particular about the volunteering situation since we’d expect quite a number of volunteers. In order to make sure everyone’s safety and health during the event, you must:

  • Wear a mask: bring your own mask to the location and make sure put it on all the time.
  • Social distancing: make sure to stay one meter (better if 2 meters) away from each other.
  • Cleanliness: Make sure all your hands are clean after cleaning up and wear a hand sanitizer.
6. What to do in case of an accident or an incident?

In the event of injury while volunteering, please notify the Location Leader or Assistant Leader who will help with the emergency first aid. If emergency services are needed, the Leader or Assistant Leader will get in touch with hospital / clinic / police accordingly.

7. Where to put the waste collected?

Location Leader and Assistant Leader to bring the waste collected to the nearest local authority designated location and make sure all waste will be managed and placed properly. For all works, it is always helpful to have photos taken of before and after for the clean ups.

8. Role of Location Leader and Assistant Leader
  1. Plan and recce the project (clear with the local authority too with permission to do this gathering and cleanup in writing) and project site together with assistant leaders and to manage the project with volunteers safety and security (including compliance with government latest regulations).
  2. Communicate with the volunteers in group chat with MHF team (this is also important so that volunteers know why, when, how, who and what to do too) so that MHF team can assist with virtual zoom orientation for river or beach or park or digital etc. clean ups (to help with minimum issues and questions for the event day as possible).
  3. With limited resources (including gloves, garbage bag, tools, simple weighing instruments, simple first aid kits, WCD shirt (that is optional)) and time, safety and logistical prepareness is also to be managed by Location Leader/Assistant Leaders. The Location Leader is the key person to go to for the event. Good to have banner for the event to register your team group name, year or date of event and for photo taking (truly need location leaders and location assistant leaders to be resourceful).
  4. Good to get every volunteer fully engaged and involved in the project so that no one feels left out.
  5. Good to do the cleanup in slots of either 5 hours or 10 hours for the event day.
  6. Good to also have the waste clearly managed at the event (make sure that there is enough waste to clean up at the recce) so that it can be packed properly and placed in authorized locations by the government to recycle the waste (please check this during the recce too and get permission also from the local authority if needed).
  7. Immediately after the event on the same day, please provide the infos of waste collected/managed, photos (use a camera will be better than HP if possible) and videos with feedbacks to us so that we can help you load the infos on social media too. You can also do the same too.
  8. Please feel free to ask us all the questions you need prior to the event and as early to the event as possible.
  9. As location leader and asst leader, it is ideal if you can manage the team as seamless, as effectively and as caringly as possible (for all the volunteers that started on time and stayed to complete the cleanups, they will get certificates from World Cleanup Day that we will co-sign with the leaders and asst leaders (need every volunteer to register with us too to get the certificates).
  10. Wishing you to enjoy the role (even at this covid period that is not easy for all of us) as well as to help all volunteers have fun while we hope that clean up can be part of our daily lives. We also hope to get to zero waste if possible too by 2030. We need to build up more and more location leaders and asst leaders over time and also to promote them to district and state level leaders as well as to national level leaders over time. As we are a community and environment caring non-profit organisation: this initiative belongs to the volunteers and we hope that they can be more aware of this as they can also step up to help out to as and when they can (even after this 19 September 2020). All are always welcomed. Thank you in advance for your selfless efforts, patience, care and interest. We truly appreciate this and we cannot do this alone. Our tagline is “Strengthening a Caring Culture and Society in Malaysia with Clean Ups“.
9. Role of Volunteer
  1. Coordinate all activities and volunteers in designated zones and communicate with Location Leader and Assistant Leader for the entire cleanup activities.
  2. Deliver and set up table supplies including sign-in sheets (you can improvise on this), pens, maps, frequently asked questions sheet, list of emergency numbers and cleanup contacts, information sheets for volunteers.
  3. Deliver clean-up supplies including bags, gloves, water, tools, etc. otherwise find old items that you can use to recycle for use.
  4. Post signage which indicates where volunteers sign-in, where to put collected trash, where to put tires, where to put bulky items, where to return supplies and tools.
  5. Take before photographs of the littered areas.
  6. Photograph the results: the cleaned area, the piles of collected trash or the full dumpsters, group photos of the volunteers, etc.
  7. Volunteers need to monitor the dumpsters so that the right types of materials go in them. Monitor materials that go into the dumpsters and help to put materials into the dumpsters
  8. Pick up trash and place in trash bags. When trash bags are full, place in designated collection areas. Return all borrowed supplies and tools to designated areas.
  9. Work in pairs or teams to collect bulky items and take to designated areas.
  10. Many people accidentally place trash in recycling containers, so volunteers need to monitor recycling containers at all times. It is best to have recycling containers placed near all trash containers (if there are). Recycling containers need to be clearly marked with signs indicating the type of materials accepted (otherwise location leaders can improvise).
  11. Volunteers also need to get proper approvals by Location Leaders or Assistant Leaders before gathering in large numbers. It is important to work well to support the Location Leaders and Assistant Leaders.
  12. Volunteers can also share with us on how well the leaders helped out constructively and positively so that they can also improve themselves for future clean-ups. 
10. Do you provide T-Shirt and Cap?

We are selling official T-Shirt and cap for the event. You may buy them before the event starts (optional).

11. Recording on Video, Photos by Camera and with Commentary about the event

Take pictures of the event as it happens, including the introductory talk and while volunteers are working. Consider taking a group shot of the volunteers at the end of the event. If you are unable to take pictures, assign a volunteer who likes to take pictures to photograph the event and send the pictures to you.

Take before and after photos of the site as well as taking photos during the event to document your clean-up.

12. What to put on FB, IG and YouTube

If posting on social media, add the appropriate hashtag to help viewers and other volunteers all over Malaysia and world to see your posting:

  • #worldcleanupday
  • #worldcleanupdaymalaysia
  • #worldcleanupday2020
  • #cleanupday
13. Day of the event
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event’s start time to set up your check‐in station and prepare for volunteers to arrive.
  • Volunteers to meet with assigned Location Leader and Assistant Leader to discuss necessary logistics.
  • Volunteers who come early can help unload tools and set up for the event.
  • Make sure all tasks are completed by the end of the day.
14. Is there certificate provided?

Yes, we will provide a certificate for all volunteers. Full completion will come with Certificate of Attendance.

15. Is there any orientation provided prior to the actual World Cleanup Day event?

We will provide a virtual zoom orientation to all chosen Location Leaders and Assistant Leaders via online seminar. Volunteers are also encouraged to join.

16. What if I have signed up with another organization?

If volunteers are already signed up with another organisation, they can stay with that organization. The organisation is always welcomed to work together with us at WCD as strategic partners. We definitely cannot do this alone and we wish to make more friends in doing this caring for the environment initiative together.

Our Mother Earth Needs Your Help

We are also mindful of the covid-19 pandemic and as such, we will do this year’s event at a pace that needs to be safe and secured for any participants. This can also be a year for more awareness and exchanges as well as for more digital clean ups too. Join us and let’s make a different!

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