Massive beach cleanup success at top tourist resort of Negombo, dubbed the ‘gateway to Sri Lanka’
A massive beach cleanup at the west-coast tourist resort of Negombo, dubbed the ‘gateway to Sri Lanka’, has proved a huge success.
More than 5,000 volunteers, including schoolchildren, scoured the shore for discarded plastic bottle and other detritus.
UCANews reports that the cleanup, organized by Caritas, a Roman Catholic Church social organization, was backed by activists working with the local community.
Shopkeeper Upul Ranil Fernando stocks garbage bags to store and dispose of huge amounts of beach waste, and he encourages locals and foreign tourists to use them.
The cleanup, organized by community leader Rukman Kumara Fernando, covered 35 kilometers of coastline.
Sunday school teacher Emmanuel Sugath Fernando said children were setting a good example for their parents to keep the shore clean.
Sri Lanka has banned the use of polythene of 20 microns or less to minimize environmental impacts.
But environmentalists say much more needs to be done, including public-awareness campaigns and new laws.
Nearly 7,000 metric tons of plastics are dumped in Sri Lanka annually, but only about 3,000 metric tons of this amount is disposed of properly.