Over 6,000kg of plastic waste was collected on Saturday along the Kenyan coastal strip in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste dumped into the ocean.
The exercise was organized and carried out by various conservation partners including World Wildlife Fund Kenya, Base Titanium, Kwale County government and over 300 community volunteers.
« The objective of this exercise is to create awareness about environmental pollution and its devastating effects on the way of living, » Colin Forbes, an Environmental and Community Affairs Manager said during the clean-up exercise in Msambweni.
« Through Base Titanium’s various environmental programmes, we are able to mobilise local communities to be champions in protecting and conserving the environment, » he added.
Last year, the South Coast clean-up saw about 200 volunteers in Kwale county come together to collect over 1,600kg of plastic waste in the beach clean-up exercise.
In 2015, over 8.5 tons of plastic waste was collected on the Kenyan coast by 2,500 volunteers in 2-3 hours covering about 35kms of the beach. Globally, about 800,000 volunteers collected more than 8 million kilos of plastic waste during the 2015 International Coastal Clean Up.
Source : All Africa