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Volunteers pick up 300,000 cigarette butts from streets
Volunteers picked up more than 300,000 cigarette butts on Saturday from the streets of Brussels, Ostend, Antwerp, Namur and Liège.
The big clean-up operation was organised by citizens' collective Leo Not Happy and coincided with the 10th National Day of Cleanliness.
Almost a quarter of a million butts were collected in the capital alone, where 220 volunteers took part in Schaerbeek, Ixelles, Etterbeek and downtown Brussels.
"This is an absolute record," said Leo Not Happy founder Adel Saebi. "Our collective is getting bigger - and we're doing more in other Belgian cities outside Brussels. We're also seeing initiatives set up in France and Switzerland, inspired by our work."
In Namur, 60 volunteers collected 24,000 cigarette butts in three hours. Elsewhere, residents' associations cleaned their local pavements and playgrounds, using equipment borrowed from municipal street cleaners. In the Bockstael district of Laeken, volunteers collected waste while jogging a 3km route.