Results of cleanups in Moldova, Ukraine and Russia (May 20)

7 months of  preparations culminated when Hai Moldova came out in strength of 113 600 people – a full army united in a common goal of clean and prosperous Moldova on April 16th. Divided in groups of 2-5, the volunteers picked up 6 800 tons of garbage in 28 out of 32 districts, 854 cities and villages total. Even the rain stopped in the evening before!

In addition of a great team, Hai Moldova had the support of 11 state institutions, 31 businesses and 65 NGO-s helping the core team. 

The organizers had the following tips for first-timers: enjoy the the experience, forget the numbers, remember the "happiness flying around"-feeling forever and – enjoy!

Movie about Moldovan clean-up day: 

On the same day 22 000 Ukrainians picked up 710 cubic meters of plastic bottles, 637 cubic meters of glass and 3308 cubic meters of other kind of trash from their cities and neighborhoods. 

Oksana Tjupa from the organizing team shares: 

"We are very happy with the results, we collected more than we expected. The action involved about 60 cities and every park had its own party and barbecue afterwards. But the cleanups didn't end with this. Others have decided to join in the action. For example - exactly one month later after the cleanup, one of the biggest banks in Ukraine - Privat Bank decided to organize a cleanup day with their 40 000 workers all over Ukraine as a great teambuilding exercise - cleaning up neighborhoods and cities in more than 400 different locations. So we are very happy that our action has inspired other organizations to take up the responsibility and act on their own." 

On last Sunday, May 15th,  a total of 383 clean-ups took place in one day in Russia, covering 50 regions. Most active were St Petersburg with suburbs (80 clean-ups), Moscow with suburbs (65 clean-ups), Chelyabinsk with suburbs, Bashkortostan (Ufa), Voronezh, Kaliningrad, and Vladivostok.

Organizer Musora Bolshe Net brought together over 9 000 volunteers who collected 160 tons of waste, of which over 40% went to recycling.