Volunteers clean Tatras, finding a satellite dish

Tourists still mistake tourist routes for trash bin.

Roháče hikeRoháče hike (Source: Erika Ďurčová, TASR)
More information about travelling in Slovakia
Please see our Spectacular Slovakia travel guide.

More than 1,650 volunteers collected about 1.16 tons of waste within the 40th year of event Čisté Hory (Clean Mountains) organized by State Forest TANAP (Tatra National Park). Mainly plastic and glass bottles and food packages ended up in bags, but there were tyres, construction waste and iron scrap.

“We are glad that even after 40 years, people are still interested in the event. On the other hand, we are sad that after such a long time, we have no reason to celebrate as people still mistake tourist routes for trash bins,” said Igor Stavný, coordinator of the event, as quoted by My Tatry. There is no other possibility than organizing the event for next year as well.

The highest number of volunteers were at Štrbské Pleso, 666 participants collecting 35 kilograms of waste.

Volunteers left the Tichá and Kôprovská Valley with empty bags but they collected half a ton of waste in Pieniny. The majority comprised tyres and plastics. Another 470 kilograms of waste were collected in the surroundings of Tatranská Lomnica and Smokovec.

Besides glass and plastic bottles and food packages, construction waste was found in nature. The most waste was in the proximity of services. Volunteers at one of them in Vyšné Hágy found a satellite dish.

The event is 40-years-old, almost 45,000 volunteers collecting more than 63 tons of waste in Tatras and Pieniny throughout this period. In the last years, mainly schools participate, but it is popular among companies that take their employees such teambuildings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Senate voted STU rector down. Police called to the uni as well

The session of the Academic Senate proposed that Rector Fikar be dismissed.

Miroslav Fikar

Dozens of people die of COVID every day. A drop not expected for at least two weeks

People who would otherwise survive may die of other serious diagnoses due to the epidemic.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.

Volunteering in developing countries is an adventure from beginning to end

Slovak Jozef Baňás spent 12 months volunteering in Georgia.

Jozef Baňás