The Biggest Clean-Ups Across The World

Sadly, there is a lot of waste in the world, but these clean-ups prove it’s not all bad.

In fact, around the world, there are many large-scale clean-ups operating.

For example, Versova Beach in India was once victim to countless waste being dumped on it.

However, a project operated over 85 weeks and restored the beach to its natural glory.

Here are some more of the biggest clean-ups across the world.

Mount Everest cleaning campaign

It usually assumed that, being the highest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest would be the last place to have a litter problem. Not so. In fact, the mountain suffers some of the worst waste problems in the world. This includes discarded oxygen tanks and beer bottles to embarrassing volumes of human faeces. Over the last 60 years, the number of climbers visiting and attempting to scale the mountain has increased exponentially. In 2017, there were 648 summits of Everest, but a whopping 35,000 tourists.

Unfortunately, all of the above combined with the volume of waste produced, has resulted in a severe waste management problem. The buried waste contaminates the snow, which melts into the water supply and can make people sick.

Many efforts have been attempted to clean up the mountain. A mandate was issued in 2014 requiring climbers to bring 18lb of trash back off the mountain when they returned. And, a base camp ceased operating on China’s side of the mountain. Those with climbing permits will be allowed up the mountain, but for visitors and tourists, only the areas below the base camp will be open. During the closure, authorities continued the success of its last three clean-up operations in spring 2018, where eight tonnes of waste was removed from the mountain. This year’s clean up saw 11 tonnes of waste brought down from Everest.

The Ocean Project – Seychelles’ outer islands

The Ocean Project is currently taking place in Seychelles. It was founded to deal with the problems impacting the marine environment as a result of pollution and climate change. The project team had revealed 8,300 million tonnes of plastic has been produced since the beginning of mass plastic production in the 1950s. 70 per cent of this has ended up as waste, and 84 per cent of that waste has ended up out among nature — via landfills, the ocean, or dumping.

The Ocean Project Seychelles has cumulatively created a huge clean-up of the area, thanks to number of different micro-projects. These run installations of art made from the plastic debris collected in the islands, the Last Straw Campaign, and educational coastal clean-ups.

In March 2019, the first ever large-scale clean-up of Seychelles’ outer islands. 40 participants headed to one of 13 Seychelles outer islands to assess the problem, investigate its origin, and see how much of it was there. The participants collected 10,627 kg of litter during the project.

Clean up Mumbai’s Versova beach

Versova Beach located in Mumbai has become a magnet for the world’s waste. Back in 2015, two neighbours headed outside to the rubbish-infested Versova beach to start painstakingly picking up the litter. More people began to get involved, and eventually, a regular Sunday meet-up came into effect. It took 119 weeks, but with an estimated 12,000 tonnes of plastic removed, the sand is now finally visible.

But the clean up of the beach doesn’t really draw the problem to a conclusion. In fact, according to Tree Hugger, it won’t end until the flow of plastic and mishandled waste ends around the world. Otherwise, the rubbish will simply keep washing up on beaches for the foreseeable future. The movement founder, Afroz Shah, is still working on keeping his beloved beach clean.

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