60 sacks of plastic kept out of the ocean!

Doljo Beach Clean Up

Length of beach for collection ~ 1km

Sacks collected – 60 sacks

Personal collection – 3 sacks

Volunteers – 113 registered, with more unregistered volunteers on the other side of the island.

60 sacks of plastic kept out of the ocean!
60 sacks of plastic kept out of the ocean!

Breakdown of the trash –

50% Plastic snack packets/sachets/bags/soft plastic,

16% Plastic Bottles

8.3% Polystyrene

4.1% Plastic Cup

4.1% Glass

4.1% Rubber

4.1% Fishing Net

8.3% Other Miscellaneous

Separating the basura for analysis and Ananyana project.Volunteers separating the basura for analysis and Ananyana project.

A big thanks to the Ananyana Resort and Felix Fudolig for facilitating this clean up, cooking a fabulous banquet feast for volunteers (plastic free of course), and for getting the locals involved.

Josh and I with Felix and Emma
Josh and I with Felix and Emma

While there were challenges with this clean up, we had to change the date last minute due to International Coastal Clean Up Philippines pulling pin on this years activities for political reasons, we managed to pull together a fantastic day on Sunday the 18th September. Emma Gomez of Ananyana is doing such great and altruistic things for this area, well beyond these clean up efforts. She did a lot of work following the Bohol earthquake and typhoon Yolanda. Her resort is tasteful and fits into the landscape unlike other mass tourism resorts now prevalent in the Panglao area. I really recommend staying in this place! If it’s good for the environment, it’s also good for you.

The plastic free feast!
The plastic free feast!

I learned a lot on this day about trying not to make last minute changes, about going with the flow on the day, and about letting others organise the details of the event. 60 sacks is a huge effort, and I was so happy to see so many of Purok 7 represented at this event.

With a few of the Purok 7 representatives!
With a few of the Purok 7 representatives!

Robin and I have spent a lot of time with this community, and I know that they supported this clean up effort for us as well as the cause. I’m so grateful to all the beautiful people in Purok 7, to Emma, to Felix, to all the volunteers. Maraming Salamat!

Total Sack count – 97

Personal sacks collected – 7.5

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