NEWS: Sri Lanka connected their action in Rumassala with the World CleanUp day

15/9/2018 Decathlon Sri Lanka www.decathlonsrilanka.com  is a sports goods manufacturer and sports retailer whose mission is to make sports accessible to the many and also preserve our playing field  – the Earth. Having that vision in mind Decathlon Sri Lanka initiated the event Clean Up Rumassala along with World Cleanup Day. Although the team of […]

15/9/2018

Decathlon Sri Lanka www.decathlonsrilanka.com  is a sports goods manufacturer and sports retailer whose mission is to make sports accessible to the many and also preserve our playing field  – the Earth.

Having that vision in mind Decathlon Sri Lanka initiated the event Clean Up Rumassala along with World Cleanup Day. Although the team of 80 people expected that they will have a busy day ahead, the amount of garbage found on the lovely jungle beach astounded everyone.

Prasanna Jayaweera, the leader of World Cleanup Day Sri Lanka, said that the day started beautifully: „We were full of energy, the sun was shining and there was some wind that made the cleaning even more pleasant. Our aim was to clean the whole beach which is about 2 km long, but we soon understood that we need much more time for that than just one day.“

The cleanup at Rumassala Jungle Beach was planned to last until 1 pm the local time, but by that time the wonderful volunteers had cleaned about 100 metres of the beach and collected huge amount of garbage.

„There are many restaurants and apartment buildings near the beach who are used to disposing their garbage to the beach. We managed to cover just about 100 meters of  the beach by 1pm, but finally we had filled up so many garbage bags that we were not able to carry them back to the mainland. The total amount was nearly 1000 kg,“ said Prasanna.

Prasanna had to find a solution fast. He made some calls and finally was able to order five boats which would take the garbage back to the mainland. As it takes a long time to take the bags to harbour and load them onto boats, their working day will be much longer than expected, but it doesn’t frustrate the cleanup team.

“Everybody is truly happy. It is amazing to be a part of such an important event, to participate in the world changing movement. We feel that we have done a great job and made this wonderful beach even more beautiful. But it isn’t over yet. As there is so much area to be cleaned, we promise to continue with the cleanup also in the future,” said Prasanna feeling excited and hopeful.

The collected waste from the beach will be sorted and sent to recycling companies. One of the companies involved is recycling collected plastic into plastic yarn which can be used in different and creative ways. Prasanna said that the aim of the event is to teach people the sustainable way of living: “In our cleanup we used 100% biodegradable garbage bags, provided refillable water bottles to our volunteers and offered refreshments and lunch using minimum amount of plastics.”

The cleanup event on Rumassala Jungle beach was organised in collaboration with Decathlon Sri Lanka partners: Avery Dennsion Lanka, Mainetti Lanka, Naturub Sri and Techstar Packaging.

The companies decided that they have a moral responsibility to maintain the cleanliness on the beach. In order to do that they will organise garbage bins to the beach.

“We want to raise awareness of the people living and working near the beach. If they want to live in a clean and beautiful environment, they need to stop throwing their waste on the beach and start using garbage bins. Our long-term goal is to introduce people to garbage sorting. It will be a long but exciting journey,” said Prasanna Jayaweera.

Check out the video: https://youtu.be/tbAHL704WCU  

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World Cleanup Day events can be followed through the homepage  www.letsdoitworld.org. The 24-hour, non-stop World Cleanup Live Show will cover the cleanups across the globe. The show is hosted by Irish TV presenter and producer Colm Flynn and TV presenter Zihlo Ndlovu from Zimbabwe and will be broadcast from Tallinn, Estonia. It will be aired via the World Cleanup Day website https://www.worldcleanupday.org/and also via Facebook and YouTube channels.

The year 2018 marks 100 years since the founding of the Republic of Estonia. World Cleanup Day 2018 is Estonia’s biggest gift to the world on its 100th anniversary. More information about the centenary events can be found at www.EV100.ee

More information:

Website:  www.worldcleanupday.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/worldcleanupday2018/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/letsdoitworld

Tiina Urm, Head of Communication

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