Tuesday is National Cleanup Day, in accordance with Israel's Maintenance of Cleanliness Law. The cleanup day is held, by law, on the last Tuesday of the Hebrew month of Adar.
The objective of the day, according to the law, is "to increase public awareness of maintaining cleanliness in open and public spaces and of environment protection."
The law states that on National Cleanup Day, “education and information activities on… cleanliness and… environment, including recycling [and] participation in special cleanup activities, shall take place throughout the country."
Among the wide range of activities for the general public organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Education, local authorities, Jewish National Fund, Cleanup Israel, and other organizations are the following:
- Fifty singing trash cans, distributed in the cities of Nes Ziona, Haifa and Ramat Gan, will talk to residents who discard rubbish into them.
- A "Bin Carnival," in which residents who pick up trash from the street and discard it in a bin will be surprised by actors and artists who thank them.
- Cleanups in cooperation with organizations: Organizations will either organize cleanups in their specific locations, or will join the central cleanups organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection in Haifa, Rosh Ha'ayin Forest, Petach Tikva-Segula, sections of Eilat and Jerusalem, Kinneret and Karmiel. Other cleanups have been organized by the JNF, Clean Up Israel, municipalities and schools.
- Coastal Cleanups, carried out by schools and other groups in conjunction with Coast Watch volunteers and in cooperation with Clean Up Israel.
- Activities in the educational system: All elementary schools will devote at least three hours to subjects related to cleanliness on National Cleanup Day.
- The government and Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel have published and distributed study kits to 4,000 elementary schools throughout the country, including model lessons and activities on recycling, cleanliness in public areas, reduced consumption, efficient use of resources, etc. The kits include activities within and outside of the class, surveys and questionnaires for the students, explanations on ways in which to transform waste from nuisance to resource, etc.
It is anticipated that more than half a million students will take part in these activities.