Huge rubbish haul as clean up campaign ends

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The Klinim Mosbi Campaign has ended with about 12,000kg of rubbish now off the beaches and streets of Port Moresby.
Sustainable Coastlines PNG coordinated the campaign in partnership with National Capital District Commission waste management division. It started on Oct 17 and ended last Sunday.
Sustainable Coastlines PNG chief executive officer Riley Webster said 37 groups were involved in the voluntary clean-up activities in their areas.
“It was not only about cleaning
up but to educate and inspire the population to improve their ways
of disposal of rubbish,” Webster said.
He said the message was to try to help communities to understand the impact of plastic products.
“We see plastic everywhere but many of us don’t understand the health implication that plastics has on our families and ourselves and the marine and coastal environment,” Webster said.
He said they also want to help communities to understand what should be done about it.
NCDC waste management project co-ordinator Janet Haua thanked Coastlines PNG for coordinating the campaign and other groups for participating.
“Thank you for taking the waste management (NCDC) to a new horizon,” Haua said. The rubbish collected was sorted out by the Eco Service Ltd together with environmental science students from University of PNG.
Eco Service Ltd’s Linda Nande said they had been sorting out rubbish collected over the past five weeks.
“Not everything from the rubbish collection has been audited, we just get 20 per cent sample from everything and we do auditing,” Nande said.
She said the raw data would be given to Sustainable Coastlines PNG and they would present it to NCDC in a report form
“Everyone must be responsible for their own rubbish and throw it in right place, it starts with individuals,” Nande said.

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