Supporting World Clean Up Day in Our Local Communities

At DS Smith we are focussed on championing the transition to a circular economy, within our industry and beyond. But we cannot build a sustainable future alone.

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As part of our annual community engagement targets in our Now and Next sustainability strategy, we rolled our sleeves up to support World Clean Up Day across our international sites.

World Clean Up Day, organized by Estonian NGO, Let’s Do It World, is an annual event, uniting millions of volunteers from 180 countries to help clean up the planet by taking part in local communities around the globe.

Over 300 volunteers from all of our divisions across 17 different countries took part in litter picks at parks, beaches, forests, city centres, canals, and industrial estates – from UK, Spain and Romania to the US, Slovakia, and China. Over 4.5 tonnes of litter was collected, encouraging a greener, cleaner future.

Our cross-site approach to World Clean Up Day is part of our commitment to a waste-free world.

Wouter van Tol, Head of Government, Community Affairs and Sustainability at DS Smith

I am very proud of our employees who gave up their time in support of World Cleanup Day to pick up litter and help improve their local environment. As a large global company, we take our responsibilities to the communities where we operate seriously. Through these initiatives, we can support local people and businesses while demonstrating our commitment to protecting the natural world and embedding the circular economy in all that we do.

— Wouter van Tol, Head of Government, Community Affairs and Sustainability at DS Smith
Jonathan Edmunds, Recyclability and Sustainability Manager, DS Smith Recycling

DS Smith were involved in World Clean Up Day as we are committed to working with local communities across all of our sites. Whether that’s a litter pick, or a community project building bee houses or flower beds. We’ve had a great turn out across our regions, and are proud to be part of this global event.

— Jonathan Edmunds, Recyclability and Sustainability Manager, DS Smith Recycling

We’re using our expertise to engage 100% of our employees on the circular economy by 2025 and 5 million people on the circular economy and circular lifestyles by 2030. Below is a snapshot of our activity on World Clean Up Day. We are proud to play a small part in this big day.

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