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Sunday, August 17th, 2008, 08:36 PM
New organisation will clean up Danes' act


A new organisation established by the Environment Ministry has nothing less than making Denmark the world's cleanest country as its goal


Citing a need for 'new thinking', Environment Minister Troels Lund Poulsen presented the ministry's new 'Keep Denmark Clean' initiative to the public Monday at Kongens Have in downtown Copenhagen.

The new organisation is a co-operative effort created by the ministry and several other private and non-profit enterprises to help remind Danes to clean up after themselves.

During the summer, as many as 25 large bags of garbage are collected in Kongens Have each morning - one reason the park appears so clean during the day, but also the reason for serious concern, according to Poulsen.

Poulsen was accompanied at the presentation by Peter Gæmelke, president of the Danish Agriculture Council, which oversees the fund sponsoring the campaign. Gæmelke said he often has to kick his way through the litter that gathers outside the council's office doors downtown.

He said getting Danes to change their attitude about littering is his first priority.

According to the Environment Ministry, the state spends over 500 million kroner yearly on cleanup efforts nationwide.

http://www.denmark.dk/en/servicemenu/News/GeneralNews/NewOrganisationWillCleanUpDanesAct.htm