We tackle it! So that the garbage does not overflow the rivers: EmscherCleanUp 2023

We support you on our big day of action - Saturday, September 9th - or whenever you want to get involved with the environment!

What we do

Every year, huge amounts of garbage end up in the world's oceans. Millions of tons of plastic pollute nature. A large part of the garbage ends up in the seas via the rivers – mainly in Asia, but also in Europe. This must be prevented. We are now also cleaning up the Emscher – if possible from the source to the mouth. Together with our partners, we want to clear the banks of the Emscher from waste. The aim is to create awareness that rubbish should not be thrown away carelessly or, even better, avoided from the outset!

Along the Emscher

The Emscher has its source south-east of Dortmund in Holzwickede and after 83 kilometers it flows into the Rhine at Dinslaken. For a long time it was considered the dirtiest river in Germany. But that's history: After an extensive renaturation and reconstruction program, the Emscher is now like new - at least it's clean. We are aware that the Emscher is not freely accessible everywhere. For this reason, CleanUps can only be carried out at these points in coordination with public institutions (such as the EmscherGenossenschaft) and local authorities.

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

Click here for our other river pages

➥ RhineCleanUp
➥ MoselCleanUp
➥ MainCleanUp
➥ SaarCleanUp
➥ LahnCleanUp
➥ LippeCleanUp
➥ NaheCleanUp
➥ NeckarCleanUp
➥ RuhrCleanUp
➥ KinzigCleanUp
➥ SelzCleanUp
➥ DonauCleanUp
➥ IsarCleanUp
➥ SpreeCleanUp

Prime Partner

Deutsche Postcode Lotterie

Working together for a greener future: Deutsche Postcode Lottery is actively committed to our environment as a main partner.

The mission of the social lottery is to create a better world for us humans and to preserve our planet. The RhineCleanUp not only strengthens social togetherness, but also triggers a rethinking of environmental pollution and its associated consequences. After our employees have already actively supported the big "Rhine CleanUp" in 2018, 2019 and 2020, with the help of our participants we are again financially supporting the project from source to mouth this year. In addition to measures to promote the campaign, work equipment such as trash bags, high-visibility vests, gloves and grabs will be provided for the many thousands of helpers to clean up Germany's second-largest river and its tributaries. And the best thing about it is that anyone can join in and make their contribution to a clean environment.


River Cleanup

River Cleanup has partnerships all over the world and activated more than 180.000 people in 80 countries along 161 rivers. By connecting people, businesses and governments, the non-profit creates involvement and commitment to work together for a clean environment. The combination of people and technology is an efficient and effective approach to stop the 11 billion kg of plastic that ends up in our oceans, every year.


Newly formed in May 2007, the IGSU is an Interest Group for a Clean Environment in Switzerland. The initiative was taken by two private sector recycling organisations, the IGORA Cooperative for Aluminium Recycling and PRS PET-RECYCLING Switzerland. The two organisations have been working together against littering since 2004. Nonetheless, they sought to support activities against littering on a larger scale and have therefore founded the IGSU.

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