Successful Litter Clean-Up Day Across Iceland

Plokk trash litter garbage cleanup

Around 1,000 people participated in Iceland’s annual litter clean-up day (Stóri Plokkdagurinn) yesterday. Some volunteers in the Reykjavík capital area filled large garbage bags in a matter of 15 minutes. One volunteer says Icelanders are not huge litterbugs and it’s the island’s strong winds that contribute to spreading trash.

Iceland’s Rotary Clubs and the Icelandic Red Cross were some of the organisations that got volunteers together and helped provide equipment for yesterday’s clean up operations. Volunteers picked up all sorts of trash, including large amounts of plastic. Car parts such as windshield wipers and even licence plates were among the litter that was bagged and properly disposed of.

“Icelanders aren’t such big litterbugs,” one volunteer told RÚV. “It’s just our wind that is sometimes a big influencer when it comes to distributing trash.”

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President of Iceland Takes Trash Head-On

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, the President of Iceland, spent this Sunday morning picking up trash and litter around Bessastaðir. Bessastaðir is the official presidential residence, situated in Álftanes municipality. Guðni revealed this in a status on his Facebook page this morning.
Guðni is unhappy with the amount of trash in the area. He used the status to critique the fact that people litter in nature while also encouraging people to do better.
The status reads so:
“The beauty, the beach, and the road.
Bessastaðir is beautiful on a bright morning. That’s why it’s a shame how much trash can be found if we look in the right places. Part of it blows over here or is beached by wind and weather. Some of it is clearly thrown by people out of our cars or those who can’t be bothered taking the trash home after a walk. This is hopefully true of a small minority but that group, however, leaves behind cigarette butts, food packaging, empty bottles, and other litter.
Let’s try to do better! You out there: It should not be my role, or others, to clean up after you. Neither now nor in the future.