Jawili Beach Clean Up
Length of beach covered ~ 1km
Sacks collected – 10 rice sacks
Volunteers – 24 tourism students
Main items collected – Shoes, Fishing Rope, Snack packets, Fruit protective packaging that they put around apples seemed to be higher here than on other beaches I’ve cleaned, is this the influence of Boracay?
Jawili beach surprised me as it is not a densely populated area of Panay, well off the main road with lots of empty sections on the beach front but yet it seemed to be an ocean waste accumulation hotspot, it must be something to do with the currents and possibly the currents coming south from the densely populated and high consumption island of Boracay.
I loved this clean up as the students had so much enthusiasm and we had a good chat before and after the event about steps to reduce plastic consumption. Tumblers are pretty common for university students throughout the Philippines and can almost be a fashion statement. For whatever reason seeing people bringing their own drink bottles to events is reassuring. However in the Philippines its always largely snack packets and soft plastic that is collected on beach clean ups and we always have to remember that while we’re there to clean up the beach, we’re also there to talk about ways to reduce consumption at the same time. The value of clean beaches from a tourism perspective is unmeasured, however it must be significant. We all want those postcard perfect shots and given the fact that I didn’t leave one beach completely free of plastic waste after 30 clean ups it shows how much work is to be done! After all, all the tourism marketing in the world won’t work if the natural beauty is corrupted by too much trash. Its so good to see such a wide demographic of clean up volunteers. Good luck and thanks for your enthusiasm!