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What a load of rubbish

in News · 19-05-2012 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

A total of 1,911 tons of waste was collected by the Clean Portugal initiative held on 24 March Paulo Torres of event organiser AMO Portugal announced this week.

The big clean-up saw over 8,300 volunteers, from the
70 councils participating, scour Portugal’s beaches, forests and parks with just over half of the 1,911 tons collected immediately dispatched for recycling.
Clean Portugal thus completed its third consecutive year of operations following the original mega-operation in 2010 that saw 100,000 volunteers clear-up over 70,000 tons.
Once again, the civic movement was granted exemption from waste management fees by the authorities within the framework of the international Let’s do It! World Cleanup 2012 movement that hopes
to involve over 300 million people in a hundred different countries with the collection target set at 100 million tons of rubbish.
However, in the case of Portugal, the project is now more about raising awareness after having already done the bulk of the heavy cleaning.
“We do not want to convey the message that you can make a mess and we’ll be along to clean-up. Environmental education is needed to show not only how the country could be cleaner but also how this is attainable through a better utilisation of means,” explained Paulo Torres.
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