World Clean-up Day marked in Sri Lanka
The World Clean-up Day is the largest one-day civic action against waste to emphasise the global mismanaged waste problem and its impacts on the environment. Millions of volunteers joined globally to do beach clean-ups to promote behavioural change, create awareness of the waste around us and to divert attention to this crisis.
The Pearl Protectors, a volunteer-based, non-profit marine conservation organisation, that seeks to reduce the human impact on marine environment with volunteerism, youth-engagement, awareness and advocacy, hosted a beach clean-up at the Dehiwala Beach in light of World Clean-up Day on 19 September 2020. The event commenced with a step-by-step guidance on conducting an effective beach clean-up. Partners for the event were AIESEC - University of Colombo and University of Moratuwa and Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) who was a support partner through its International Coastal Clean-up initiative.
More than 60 volunteers joined in to clean a 1km stretch of beach in Dehiwala. The waste collected was segregated into PET bottles, single-use plastics, glass and metal. Over 100 kg of waste was collected; the majority of which included plastic sachets and wrappers. The Dehiwala Municipal Council collected the waste to be recycled. Positive response was showed by the communities in the vicinity while the volunteers acknowledged the need to reduce and refuse single-use plastic.