NEWS: Three Million Pakistanis defy the Storm during the World CleanUp Day

15/09/2018 Pakistan is the 6th most populous country in the world. Approximately 72,000 tons of waste is generated every day in the country and it has become a big issue. Only the largest cities have proper waste management systems but only 2 per cent of recyclable materials are collected for recycling. The local team, led […]

15/09/2018

Pakistan is the 6th most populous country in the world. Approximately 72,000 tons of waste is generated every day in the country and it has become a big issue. Only the largest cities have proper waste management systems but only 2 per cent of recyclable materials are collected for recycling.

The local team, led by the Let’s Do It! country leader Shahid Iqbal and South Asian leader Farrukh Naseer, is very experienced in organising the CleanUp Day. A lot of local NGOs and other organisations, as well as municipalities and waste management companies are involved in the Lets Do It! action.

Also, the country thinks a step forward as to the waste management.  The country’s World Cleanup Day coordinator Zillay Marriam has been working in the field of waste management, treatment and disposal for the past decade and altogether with her team they have developed special pellets to generate energy from waste. “We have only one scientific landfill site in Lahore with the capacity of 2,500 tons per day out of the 8,000 tons of daily collection.”  

The main task this year is to organise clean-ups in major waste management areas.

There are 3 million participants from 7 major cities and the surrounding areas who are involved in the cleaning today.

Despite of a very bad weather forecast promising a big storm they are doing well and this has not stopped people from participating in the CleanUp Day.

No major challenges reported, everything is running smoothly.

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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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