Citywide environmental campaign Urban Maintenance Month is about to kick off

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 Environment Department.

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 school territory.

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 Maintenance Month.

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 www.tallinn.ee/rus/heakorrakuu (Russian).