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Thousands help to clean up litter from natural areas

THE 2012 edition of Let us Clean Up Slovakia (Vyčistime si Slovensko) attracted students from hundreds of schools as well as volunteers from local governments, civic associations and hobby groups, according to Beatrice Hudáková, the Environment Ministry’s former spokesperson, who told the SITA newswire that 2,041 organisations participated this year, 500 more than last year.

Students removing trash from the Mlynská dolina area of Bratislava(Source: TASR)

THE 2012 edition of Let us Clean Up Slovakia (Vyčistime si Slovensko) attracted students from hundreds of schools as well as volunteers from local governments, civic associations and hobby groups, according to Beatrice Hudáková, the Environment Ministry’s former spokesperson, who told the SITA newswire that 2,041 organisations participated this year, 500 more than last year.

“When we announced the first year of this event, I feared whether there would be at least 150 groups interested in participating. Last year’s number of 1,500 seemed like something not likely to be repeated so this year’s number of more than 2,000 is a wonderful farewell for me,” said József Nagy, the environment minister who recently left office.

Hudáková told the media that the Green Patrol (Zelená hliadka) association organised a clean-up effort along the floodplains of the Danube in the Petržalka area of Bratislava. The group is also cooperating with the capital’s Biking Coalition to promote the idea of urban cycling.

Students at the Vendelín Javorka elementary school in Žilina helped make their environment greener by cleaning pavements in the Hliny housing complex. The town of Horný Bar near Dunajská Streda welcomed spring by tidying up its surroundings, including a channel flowing from the Gabčíkovo dam and a local pond.

The Environment Ministry organised the event for Earth Day, April 22, and called on its employees, representatives of non-profit and non-governmental organisations, schools and private sector companies to pitch in.

Hudáková explained that the day focuses on collecting garbage and waste, sprucing up natural areas and raising the environmental consciousness of Slovaks.

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