MantaWatch marked International Cleanup Day 2011 by supporting local communities to collect trash from the beaches and environments around Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
Almost 1,000 people, including 300 students, congregated early in the morning of 23rd September where a rousing speech from the District Mayor launched the event.
Students and volunteers then took to the beaches and islands around Komodo National Park, while government officers matched these efforts by collecting trash from the streets of the nearby town of Labuan Bajo.
Over 40 tons of rubbish were collected during the day, filling over 1,000 sacks. Six garbage trucks were needed to dispose of rubbish collected from the beaches and islands, but this tremendous effort was narrowly beaten by the teams collecting rubbish in Labuan Bajo.
Lead by the District Mayor, Agustinus Celu, and the Head of the Environment Department, Benedictus Riberu, seven trucks were needed to dispose of trash collected from the streets and environments of Labuan Bajo.
Cleanup Day 2011 was a tremendous success thanks to the collaborative efforts of the local community, private sector, schools, NGOs and local government of Labuan Bajo. Congratulations to all involved!
For a list of the many people who helped make this event a success visit , or go to Clean Up The World to find out about 2012′s global event.
How did you mark International Cleanup Day this year? Do you think this kind of collaborative event once a year is the best way to deal with trash? What are your plans for International Cleanup Day 2012? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments.