20 Mar Bali’s Biggest Clean Up: Collective Movement to Tackled the Plastic Waste in Bali

CTC took part in the 7th Annual Bali’s Biggest Clean-Up by organizing a clean activity  at Semawang Beach, Sanur, Bali. In collaboration with various local groups and partners, CTC successfully gathered 38.8 kg of non-biodegradable waste in just 30 minutes of cleaning up the beach area.

The event started on time at 7:30 AM. After a short opening and briefing, the clean-up event began at 7:45 AM. It was attended by 56 participants from CTC, Banjar Semawang, InterContinental Resort Sanur and Holiday Inn, Plastik Detox, Waste Hub, Adhi Darma Cargo, Trash Stock, Alliance Francaise Bali, Duta Pariwisata Bali, the Yak Magazine, Sustainable Suzy, Ocean Cycle, One Island One Voice, Montresoldem, and Wastehub.id. 

During the event, every participant was given a trash picker and a reused garbage sack and was assigned with collecting non-biodegradable trash found on Semawang Beach for approximately half an hour. After 30 minutes of picking up waste from the beach, the first five bags were brought as samples to a separate area and were divided into 17 different waste categories such as plastic cup, plastic bottle, glass, bottle cap, plastic straw, sandal and shoes, cigarette butt, can and bottle cap metal, plastic sachet, single-use plastic bag, plastic food wrap, rope/fishing gear, styrofoam, tetra pack, single-use diapers, face mask and others waste. categories. The total weight of the first five bags was 14.95 kg.

“As we know, Bali is part of the Coral Triangle region, which means that we are in the epicenter of the richest marine biodiversity in the world. The most significant threat to this ecosystem is caused by plastic. Through this event, we hope that we can work together and strive towards the goal of achieving a plastic-free Bali.” said CTC’s Executive Director, Rili Djohani. 

CTC’s commitment to support regular beach clean-up activities aligns with its overall effort to raise awareness that plastic waste poses to marine biodiversity and inspiring a multi-stakeholder approach towards achieving a plastic-free ocean. By taking an active role in organizing and participating in events such as Bali’s Biggest Clean-Up, CTC aims to inspire and engage individuals and organizations to take action in reducing plastic waste. We recognize the importance of keeping our beaches and oceans clean and healthy for the sake of marine biodiversity and the livelihoods of coastal communities. 

Writer: Adam Putra
Photos: Adam Putra/CTC & Livia Hilda/The Yak Magazine

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