November 22, 2023

Grouss Botz: Luxembourg’s journey for a healthy environment


Grouss Botz, translating to ‘Big Clean’ in Luxembourgish, powerfully symbolizes Luxembourg’s commitment to environmental stewardship. For over half a century, this campaign has been more than just an annual event. It represents a collective movement towards a cleaner, healthier environment.

The Historical Context

The roots of Grouss Botz, also known as Naturbotz, date back to 1970, a critical year in the European conservation movement. Natur&Ëmwelt launched it as a modest initiative. It has grown into a national phenomenon with participation from half of Luxembourg’s municipalities. This growth reflects significant communal awareness and a proactive environmental approach from the administration.

Grouss Botz’s Impact Over the Years

Over the decades, Grouss Botz has evolved from a simple cleanup activity to a campaign combining environmental education, community engagement, and waste management. If you didn’t know, it is estimated that over a ton of trash is dumped irresponsibly yearly in Luxembourg. Following this issue, the event draws in thousands of volunteers, from school children, to corporate teams and local NGO’s all uniting under the shared goal of preserving Luxembourg’s natural beauty. It’s important to highlight the yearly efforts of local NGOs such as Serve The City Luxembourg from its director Nicolas and their amazing team of international volunteers in the capital. Aditionnaly PickItUp lead by Mr Didier and Jemp who act across many communes of the country. Local groups are key to drive change in our society.

Mother and daughter cleaning a forest, picking up plastic and other debris

A Moment of Environmental Stewardship: Mother and Daughter Team Up to Clean a Forest

Safety and Sustainability

Safety and sustainability are at the forefront of Grouss Botz. Organizers design the event to minimize disturbance to wildlife, especially during sensitive times like bird breeding seasons. They encourage participants to wear gloves for safety and vests for visibility, especially when cleaning road sides. Everyone should follow these safety guidelines to make the event responsible and impactful. If you want to be involved in the Grouss Botz/Naturbotz, please contact first your commune to see if they are already involved because since they will will likely provide you with all necessary materials, guidelines, and handle the trash disposal after the event.

The Role of Technology and CSFN

In recent years, digital platforms like the CSFN app have augmented litter picking’s impact. Clean Something For Nothing enables participants to track their contributions, fostering a sense of collective achievement in the country with over 2200 kgs of litter collected in Luxembourg and over half a million worldwide thanks to volunteer efforts.


Grouss Botz is more than just a yearly cleanup; it’s a beacon of Luxembourg’s dedication to environmental health. It symbolizes the power of community action and reminds us that every effort, no matter how small, contributes to a larger cause: a cleaner, greener, and healthier Luxembourg.