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National clean-up campaign Let's Do It hopes to attract tenth of Lithuanian population

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Organizers of the spring clean-up campaign Let's Do It hope to attract over a tenth of the Lithuanian population this year. The fifth campaign will take place on Saturday, 21 April, organizers say.

"Lithuania is one of the first countries that supported the Let's Do It campaign five years ago and one of several model countries holding it every year. We are very glad that more and more people respond to our invitation to unite for the national clean-up. It shows that Lithuanian people's awareness and responsibility are growing. People gradually start to realize that we are responsible not only for the cleanliness in our backyard," Karolis Sargūnas, organizer of the Let's Do It'12, said.

This year the campaign will traditionally cover the entire country. Organizers say they will pay special attention to the problems of re-use of waste and recycling.

"Over the last five years, we have noticed the situation in our cities is getting better, although not significantly. Almost 70 percent of waste collected during our campaign can be re-used or recycled but, unfortunately, they are dumped in parks and on river banks," Sargūnas said.

Organizers say that this year people will be invited to clean not only territories inside cities but also derelict territories outside urban areas, including river banks and roadsides.

Clean-up campaign Let's Do It was launched in Lithuania in 2008, following success of a similar event in Estonia. During the following couple of years the Baltic campaign evolved into an international movement uniting over 100 countries in the world. Over 25,000 tons of waste have been collected in Lithuania since the launch of the campaign, and over 300,000 people have taken part in the clean-up over the last four years.

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