It is quite natural that we all want to live in a healthy and clean environment, but unfortunately, our planet has been slowly turning into a giant garbage dump. If you read our article with these 25 Shocking Facts About Pollution or if you checked these 25 Shocking Pictures Of The Pollution In China, you probably caught a glimpse of the seriousness and scale of the burning environmental issues that our planet has been struggling with. While the overall score is undoubtedly sad, the good news is that there are still some places in the world that are clean, neat, and unpolluted. However, it usually takes more than just some governmental regulations and public notices to keep a city clean and tidy. It is also the duty of the locals to take part in the process and be as eco-friendly as possible. To show you some cities which have already succeeded in making their environment cleaner and their residents happier and healthier, we did a bit of a research on this topic and compiled a list with some of the cleanest cities in the world. From spotlessly clean and green Northern European cities such as Stockholm and Reykjavik to surprisingly clean cities in Africa and Asia, here are 25 Cleanest Cities In The World.
The world’s only island city-state, Singapore is famous for a number of strict regulations concerning environmental issues and tidiness of the city including the ban on chewing gum. Nearly 10% of Singapore’s land has been set aside for parks and nature reserves, and the city has also launched several tree-planting campaigns to improve the quality of life.
While Brazil is hardly ever referred to as a clean country, there is one exception – the city of Curitiba. Local government encourages its residents to keep the city clean by letting them to exchange bags of sorted waste for food or bus tokens. Consequently, up to 70% of the city’s trash is recycled. The city’s paper recycling, for example, saves the equivalent of 1,200 trees a day.
Geneva is famous for being one of the most affluent, expensive, livable, and safest cities in the world, but the city stands out at yet another field – environmentalist efforts and tidiness. One of the cleanest cities in the world, Geneva is home to The Geneva Environment Network, a network of global organizations working on environment protection and sustainable development.
The capital and largest city of Austria, Vienna has a population of about 1.8 million, but the city regularly ranks among the cleanest cities in the world. Vienna has invested huge amounts of money into its waste disposal systems over the past decades, and it has been paying off. Moreover, local people are very environmentally-conscious and they help the authorities to keep their city spotlessly clean and tidy.
Located right next to the Arctic Circle, Iceland is one the cleanest countries in the world, so it is not surprising to see its capital Reykjavik among the cleanest cities in the world. There was no urban development in the city until the 19th century. Even now, Reykjavik remains one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world with practically no pollution.