Algerian Cleanup Team Experienced Heart-warming Greetings

In the capital city of Algeria, Algiers, more than three hundred people took part in World Cleanup Day on the 15th of September. There were families, elderly people, nongovernmental organisations and athletes, as one of the partners in Algeria is Olympic Committee. Also the city government of Algiers and Algerian Ministry of Environment were participating. […]

In the capital city of Algeria, Algiers, more than three hundred people took part in World Cleanup Day on the 15th of September. There were families, elderly people, nongovernmental organisations and athletes, as one of the partners in Algeria is Olympic Committee. Also the city government of Algiers and Algerian Ministry of Environment were participating. The Let’s Do It! coordinator Mohamed Moncef Zemmouchi believes that every single event has a great impact.

The cleaning action started at 8 o’clock in the morning in Algiers. Altogether people collected 325 bags of garbage from the beach and a parking lot. That makes a bag per person – a good start for any cleanup action. “Usually people leave their trash on the beach, but because of the event they were afraid to do that, so they left it in the parking lot,” Zemmouchi added, explaining the usual habits in Algeria. The trash they picked up included paper, plastic and diapers. Estimably 20 percent of that trash can be recycled.

„To our surprise, the civil protection manager joined us, and people helped without being registered. Walkers who passed by said ‘thank you for organising this’,” Mohamed Moncef Zemmouchi described the heart-warming moments. „The civil protection manager also said that next time we could invite them and they would join for sure. It was like a reunion of lots of different organisations, working together for the same goal,” he added.

What made Zemmouchi really happy were the faces of people who participate. “Despite the tiredness, I saw the satisfaction,” he concluded.

Marii Kangur