Pop-up stands in Kallio during the last edition of Siivouspäivä in May 2013.

The 4th edition of Siivouspäivä on 31 August will again set an important example on recycling.

THIS year’s end of August will lie under the sign of recycling and disposal, as the biannual Siivouspäivä (Cleaning Day) will again draw thousands of bargain hunters looking for treasures to the streets of Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and other major cities in Finland. For the second time this year, flea markets and stands will pop up around neighbourhoods in what will arguably be the biggest recycling event in whole of Finland.

The idea behind Siivouspäivä is to facilitate recycling and at the same time draw attention to waste issues. Anyone supporting recycling or just generating a couple of bucks from the findings of the last clean-up of one’s attic, basement or garage is welcome to participate. As the Siivouspäivä is a decentralised event without official organiser, each participant will act as seller and organiser at the same time.

In Helsinki, where Siivouspäivä was held for the first time in May 2012, recycling stations supported by many major recycling and disposal organisations will be set up to give people the opportunity to get rid of not longer-needed stuff free of charge. Additionally to stands selling second-hand stuff, participants are encouraged to offer their expertise in repairing or customisation.

31 August 2013
All over Finland

Anyone interested in getting rid of one’s needless stuff in a sustainable way can register their stand on the Siivouspäivä website. Volunteers are most appreciated helping out in recycling spots, setting up the sales stands or spreading the word about the event.

Fabian Unger