Every week on Malapascua one of the dive centres on the island hosts a Debris Free Thursday clean up operation between 4.30 and 5.30pm. This weeks turn being Villa Sandra, and a bonus of a free beer for taking part.
So, in keeping with the Dive Rutland 100% Project Aware ethos that on every dive trip, plastic is collected we decided to join in - they were a little surprised to have an additional nine helpers.
Off we trotted through the back streets of the island... eye opening is the phrase that was used by most... with a cockerel tied to nearly every other tree, and the bigger families having pigs to. It was definitely a different sight to the resort and quickly brought us back down to earth after the luxury of this week.
In just one hour THIRTY TWO kilograms of rubbish was collected, then all separated into different bags to allow us to take a little pressure off those that work in the sorting facilities on the island.
The local children would run up to us, pass us some rubbish that they had collected for us and then high-five us when it went into the bag, and there was quite a few that followed us along the way!
Not only do they help, but the local community does have an initiative in place to collect recycling where possible and it is educating the next generation.
Great work team!
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