35.000 people, 320 tons

from source to ending

What we do

Every year vast amounts of trash reach the oceans. Million tons of plastic pollute our nature. Most of it reaches the oceans via the rivers, particularly in Asia, but also in Europe. We have to prevent this from happening!

We clean the Rhine from source to ending. 

Together with our partners we want to free the riverside of the Rhine from trash. We aim to build and raise awareness among people not to throw trash away without thinking of the consequences for our rivers, oceans and our nature at large.

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In 2018 our goal was to activate 10 cities in 3 countries to join the very first edition of the RhineCleanUp.

In reality we had 10.000 people joining in 59 cities!

In 2019 we had even more impact with 208 teams in 100 cities!

This year 2 tributaries joined the RhineCleanUp (Moselle und Ruhr) activating in total 35.000 volunteers and collecting 320 tons of waste.

How can YOU join the action?

Join a cleanup

You can either join an existing cleanup, organised by somebody else. The organiser arranges gloves, garbage bags and gives a short briefing about the route to take. Search a cleanup below and become part of RhineCleanUp.

Organize a cleanup

You can also organize a cleanup by yourself. This means you will select a starting location and route, reach out to your municipality to pick up the collected garbage afterwards, and make sure everybody has gloves and bags.

Make your choice

Join a cleanup

You want to join an existing cleanup close to your home? Select a location and let us know how many of you will be there.

Organize a cleanup

You want to organise your own cleanup? Define a route, reach out to your community green office to get material and assistance.

Our approach


In 2018 RhineCleanUp had the ambition to involve 9 cities in 3 countries. In reality over 10.000 people joined hands and cleaned the river banks of the Rhine in 60 cities from source to ending. In 2019 108 cities joined and 20.000 people worked together to create awareness and take action. Discover how you can make a difference.


in 2020 we extend our actions to Rhine and its tributaries: Ruhr and Wiesel. Objective is to involve more people and have more impact. 

Discover how to be part of it...

Cigarette action

1 cigarette butt contaminates 40 liters of water. Every year over 4,5 billion butts end up in nature. Last year we collected 150.000 cigarette butts in Düsseldorf. This year we aim to do more in 10 cities along the Rhine. 

Let us know if you want to help out...

Join us on September 11th 2021