The Department of Public Works and Highways – Samar First District Engineering Office conducted a clean-up drive along the coast of Tinambacan Sur, Calbayog City on September 21, 2019.
Every year, over 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate the marine environments – greatly affecting the marine life living within said ecosystems.
Forty-five volunteers worked together to pick up trash and debris, segregating them in trash bags labelled according to item classification. An estimated 670 kilos of trash was collected along the 1.5-kilometer stretch of beach.
This activity is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s 34th International Coastal Clean-Up Day. Data collected from the drive will be consolidated into a global trash index which will guide governments, industries, and business in developing smart solutions to the growing marine debris problem.