About 250,000 volunteers are expected to pick up the country's litter on Monday, during which Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund will honor international Clean Up the World Day.
Monday will mark the 14th year in a row that KKL-JNF hosts a Clean Up Day in Israel, and the organization will recruit school children, soldiers, students, youth movement members and residents from a variety of communities to participate in making the country a cleaner place.
Clean Up the World Day – this year called Clean Up the World Weekend – officially took place this year on the weekend of September 12 through 14, and Israel's Environmental Protection Ministry held beach cleaning events during the week that followed. A community-based event that originated in Australia in 1990, the first United Nations Environment Program sponsored Clean Up the World Day occurred in 1993. The campaign mobilizes approximately 35 million people in 130 countries each year, according to its administrators.
KKL-JNF will hold an official opening ceremony in Ashkelon on Monday morning, in the presence of its chairman Efi Stenzler, as well as Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz, Australian embassy second secretary Ben Rehee and other officials, the organization said.