Bangladesh made it through laughter and tears

When it comes to outdoor activities we all prefer to have great weather conditions. By that we usually mean the sun without extra high heat level. Or let it be clouds but without rain! Bangladesh got it all on the World Cleanup Day. According to the Let’s Do It! coordinator Arman Khan everything still went well. […]

When it comes to outdoor activities we all prefer to have great weather conditions. By that we usually mean the sun without extra high heat level. Or let it be clouds but without rain! Bangladesh got it all on the World Cleanup Day. According to the Let’s Do It! coordinator Arman Khan everything still went well. That is when people with good intentions come together, aiming to make our world a better place.

Few days before it was heavily raining, so all the trash was stuck in the mud. After the sun and heat finally came out, one couldn’t just clean the garbage but had to dig it out. “It was such a harsh work to get all the trash out, and not just because of what rain had caused but the heat as well!” he said.

More than 166 million people live in Bangladesh. The total waste produced throughout the year is 22,528,901 tonnes which makes almost 150 kilos per person. The shocking part is that recycling percentage is zero. So, how much trash there was on 15th of September? What kind of garbage was picked up the most?

Arman noted that the volunteers weren’t from the same area where they cleaned. “These volunteers from JCI Bangladesh just wanted to show in a good way that everybody can have better living conditions. That was very kind of them – good role models!” he said. “A few hundred local people joined us and we cleaned the designated areas in smaller groups.”

Plastic was the most represented in the garbage. “Although we don’t have any recycling system here, we were still lucky to get some help from a local city corporation that deals with waste. They helped us to take all the collected trash to proper legal dump sites. Thanks to all the supporters we managed to clean two of the biggest slums in Bangladesh.”

All’s well that ends well! “After all, despite of the weather conditons and some physical difficulties, I enjoyed everything in this process. It was worth it,” said Arman. He also added that it was a privilege to lead such a great civic movement. “I am especially happy that our action helped to raise awareness and spread the word. If at least one person is moved by what we did, it is already a big change.”

Kelly Treu