The 28th Urban Maintenance Month kicks off in Tallinn on 14 April. The Maintenance Month includes cleaning days, communal work and hazardous waste collection campaigns and raises environmental awareness of citizens.
This year’s Maintenance Month carries the slogan “Let's burnish
our city!” and aims to clean the city by 15 May - the Tallinn
Day. The Maintenance Month is coordinated by the Tallinn
The month begins on 14 April with the Family Sunday at Estonian
Maritime Museum in Seaplane Harbour with focus on marine
debris. The Family Sunday features games for children,
informative materials on environmental issues and Garbage Wolf
to promote environmentally sustainable consumption habits. The
large classroom displays an exhibition on litter found at sea
and an exciting installation about marine pollution.
16 April is scheduled as a day for washing city streets and the
event starts at 12:00 on Rannamäe tee. The event is organised
by the Municipal Engineering Services Department.
The Maintenance Month traditionally includes celebrations for
the international Earth Day aimed at drawing attention to
environmental problems (global warming, air pollution, etc.). A
dedicated event is held at the Tallinn Kuristiku Upper
Secondary School where first graders will plant trees on the
On 26 April the first action day of the Maintenance Month will
be held in Järve Woods organised by the Tallinn Environment
Department in coordination with the Central District
Government. Officers of municipal agencies and volunteers are
to take part.
Deputy Mayor Züleyxa Izmailova stresses the importance of
communal work in our community. “Communal work in the form of
action days is our traditional way of working together in the
interests of the community of which we are members,” said the
Deputy Mayor. “The input of each individual is aggregated and
in a short period our living environment improves.”
On 4 May the Stroomi Beach will host a citywide beach action
day Clean Beach starting at 10:00 which is considered the most
popular communal work day in the country. The event includes
cleaning the beach area and the seaside park. Besides cleaning
work, the action day features various recreational games led by
the host of the day Jevgeni Timoštšuk, prize drawings and
environmental discussions involving zoologist Aleksei Turovski
and waste management expert Harri Moora. A concert by the band
L’Dorado rounds up the day. The beach action day is organised
in coordination with the Northern Tallinn District
Government. Similar beach cleaning events are held in
Helsinki and Turku on the same day. The Mayors of Tallinn,
Helsinki and Turku have signed a call addressed to all Baltic
Sea municipalities in Estonia and Finland inviting them to join
the Baltic Sea beach cleaning event on that day.
As usual hazardous waste are accepted free of charge from
Tallinn residents during the Urban Maintenance Month.
Collection days are on 27-28 April and 4-5 May. For detailed
information on the timetable and pick-up spots is available
from district governments and on the dedicated web site of the
The Urban Maintenance Month focuses on raising environmental
awareness through the Know, See & Act project aimed at
students. Its first phase features a lecture on marine
debris for the upper secondary level students of the Tallinn
Mustjõe Upper Secondary School provided by an expert of the
international HEAWATER project. After the lecture the students
go on a study trip to Paljassaare Wastewater Treatment Plant.
In the third phase students organise a communal work day on the
territory of their school so that they could contribute to
reconditioning the school surroundings.
As usual the brochure “ABCs of Urban Maintenance” will be
published during the Maintenance Month which contains
information on urban environment, birds and animals, waste
management, playgrounds and cemeteries. Further, the brochure
provides useful information for property owners and
instructions for contacting municipal authorities with regard
to urban maintenance issues. The ABCs of Urban Maintenance will
be available free of charge for everyone at District
Governments, the Tallinn Environment Department, and the
enquiry desk at the Tallinn City Government building.
For detailed information on Urban Maintenance Month events
please visit www.tallinn.ee/heakorrakuu (Estonian) or