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81 Canggu Volunteers Remove 50 Kilograms of Trash from Canggu as Part of World’s Largest Single-Day Beach Cleanup

September 22, 2017 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Finns Bali was proud to be part of a group of 81 people in Canggu who participated in Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from local waterways, beaches, lakes and rivers. Since the first ICC 32 years ago, over 12 million volunteers have removed more than 228 million pounds (more than 103 million kilograms) of trash! 

“We are thrilled that so many volunteers came out to keep Canggu’s beaches and coasts free of trash,” said Allison Schutes, Associate Director of the Trash Free Seas® Program at Ocean Conservancy. “Plastics in our ocean are a global problem and tackling it starts right here in our community. Everyone can make a difference for trash free seas.”

In addition to removing 50kgs of trash from Canggu —including a huge entangled fishernet and 2221 cigarette butts, volunteers contributed to the world’s largest database on marine debris by logging each trash item in Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app (available for free download from the App Store and Google Play). Scientists, researchers, industry leaders and policymakers rely on Ocean Conservancy’s Ocean Trash Index to inform policy and determine solutions to the growing marine debris crisis.

Every year, millions of tons of trash—including an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste—flow into the ocean, entangling wildlife, polluting beaches, and costing coastal municipalities hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Items like cigarette butts, plastic bags, beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws are among the most-commonly collected items. They are also among the most deadly to wildlife like seabirds and sea turtles. Plastics—which never fully biodegrade but rather break up into smaller and smaller pieces called microplastics—are of particular concern. Scientists predict that without concerted global action, there could be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fin fish in the ocean by 2025.

Keeping our ocean free from trash is one of the easiest ways to improve the health of our ocean. From participating in beach cleanups to creating less trash, we can all play a part in keeping our ocean clean and free of trash.

“The International Coastal Cleanup is a great way for individuals and their communities to help protect and preserve the ocean, and contribute valuable data to scientists and policymakers working on this issue,” said Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy’s director of Trash Free Seas. “We are so grateful for the hard work of FINNS BALI and all the Canggu volunteers in helping us achieve our shared vision for a cleaner, healthier ocean.”

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