The Clubs have decided to put bigger attention to environmental programs this year. As a kick-off to this commitment, a Coastal Clean-up was held last July 8, 2017. At 6:30 AM, Clubs’ staff were already gathered in groups ready to scour the shores of Anvaya for trash. The shoreline view from afar showed a seemingly litter-free beach but we were able to gather several bags of trash after an hour.
Kick-off. Here’s Raymond, Recreation & Leisure Manager, giving out final instructions for the Clean-up.
There were three groups for the Clean-up. One group headed to the left/western side of the Cove beyond the outfall while the other two headed to the longer eastern shore. I went with the group going to the left/western shore, which is off limits to visitors and guests. Since it isn’t often visited by Clubs landscape maintenance staff, we were expecting it to have stashes of trash and debris up on the shore hidden amongst the low-lying trees.
Trash Full. Even though the stretch that we cleaned up was only about 30m long, we were able to fill up a bag in no time.
Trash Mosaic. These are some of the items I have found on my meticulous investigation of an already ‘cleaned-up’ area: small broken pieces of Styrofoam cups, bits of rope, chips of hard plastics, strains of soft plastics and plenty of lollipop sticks.
White suds. I couldn’t identify what these white stuff are so I will just label them as white suds.
Let me focus a little bit on the Styrofoam bits I found. These Styrofoam bits came in small sizes of about 5cm to the smallest Styrofoam circle unit. Now look at the ‘white suds’ from the ocean. These two look alike! And I have mistakenly, several times, picked up what I thought were Styrofoam bits only to find out they were suds since they crumbled with a slight press of my fingers. It made me wonder if sea creatures eat these suds. It would be heartbreaking if they mistake the Styrofoam bits as suds, and if these are included by mistake in their diet, just like how sea turtles mistake transparent plastics for jellyfish.
Mr.Jimboy. Mr.Jimboy Bueno of the Recreation and Leisure department led our group in the Clean-up.
Persistence. Here’s a little plant pushing to grow despite being trapped in that plastic mesh.
A lot of vendors are thankful for these plastic design which keeps their fruits bruise-free. It is undeniable that we need such plastic and such design but I hope a new material will be developed to serve its function. There’s this research on mushroom technology, I can’t wait for this technology to replace a lot of plastic materials.
Trash in sand. The shore isn’t the only place where trash can be found. Sadly, even water carries trash. This picture shows what seems like an overstretched piece of clothing holding a few kilos of sand. My powers weren’t enough to haul it up.
Collected trash. Here are all the trash we were able to gather to keep that background as neat and serene as it can possibly be.
Hazardous wastes. We were astonished to find even bulbs along the shore but glad that we were able to pick these up before its toxic substances leach into the sea. Mr. Pail is happy as well to keep these hazardous wastes at bay.
Segregation Chiefs. Kudos to the heads of the segregation process! These are Shernan and Chris of the Maintenance Department. They keep records of the trash the Clubs generate from which we base our Solid Waste Management programs on.
Here is the total breakdown of the waste we were able to collect in about an hour-long Coastal Clean-up covering about 750m and with 76 participants in total.
Residual Waste: 146.75 kgs
Biodegradable Waste: 17.32 kgs
Plastics: 6.12 kgs
Bottles: 2.24 kgs
Cans: 4 pcs
Busted bulbs and lamps: 6 pieces