Plastic bottles main item among trash collected

The participants with the waste collected during a beach cleanup programme at Pantai Pelindung in Kuantan.

KUANTAN: Plastic bottles were the common items retrieved within two hours of the Beach Cleanup programme organised in conjunction with the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup Day at Pantai Pelindung here.

Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) Pahang Branch chairman Noor Jehan Abu Bakar said of the two tonnes of trash, volunteers collected 2,051 plastic bottles, 1,680 pieces of plastic and 1,206 pieces of packaging material.

“In addition to these items picked along the 5km stretch, the volunteers also found some used baby diapers, lighters and slippers.

“We analyse the waste items because the types of waste will enable us to learn several things in our efforts to convey the importance of cleanliness in protecting the environment to the people,” she said.

A total of 50 International Islamic University Malaysia (UIA) students took part in the programme.

It was organised by MNS in collaboration with Alam Flora and the Semambu state constituency community centre.

The International Coastal Cleanup Day had been celebrated nationwide for the past 30 years with volunteers collecting and documenting waste dumped at the beaches.

Noor Jehan said MNS made it a practice to record the types of garbage collected and submitted them to the local authorities every six months for them to take appropriate action. - Bernama

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