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A project to reduce marine litter in Sarawak

Do you know marine litter is one of the most pervasive issues currently facing our rivers, lakes, beaches, and the ocean, from the quality of our drinking water to the health of our communities?

In combating these hazards imposed on our wildlife and even our economy, Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch (MNSKB) has taken on the challenging quest to make a change, and has established a project called Trash2Gather.

The project is designed to reduce the amount of rubbish present in estuarine waterways in South Western Sarawak within a period of five years.

It is also aimed to mobilise between 700 –1500 community members and volunteers to clean beaches and estuarine areas by 2022.

Besides the cleaning of beaches and estuarine areas, other activities such as talks and campaigns will create awareness about the amount of rubbish present in our estuarine waterways and the consequences of such pollution among the communities and the general public.

Ultimately the project also targets to reduce the amount of rubbish produced through the 5Rs Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Refuse – Repair.

MNSKB is also looking into organising regularly repeating clean-up events in selected areas to reduce the current state of pollution, collaborate with issue-related organisations and government departments to find long-term solutions to rubbish collection problems in selected areas, promote the 5 R’s (Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Refuse – Repair) by demonstrating examples and encouragement through incentives as well as monitor developments and provide feedback.

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The first clean-up event to kick-start the five-year project will be held at Kampong Bako on May 20.

Do not hesitate to contact them at [email protected] or follow MNSKB on Facebook.

About Malaysian Nature Society

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) is Malaysia’s largest and oldest non-government environmental organisation. The genesis of our society predates our country’s independence- a group of British expatriates deeply interested in our country’s lush natural heritage decided that the abundant collection of field notes and natural history records which they had accumulated was vital to the country’s heritage and should be published.