PUT on your gloves, pick up a garbage bag and be among half a million of the world’s population in removing trash from beaches and coastal areas in Penang next month.
The Penang Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment office will organise a cleanup campaign in Butterworth on Sept 25 to coincide with the 25th International Coastal Cleanup.
Organising chairman Koay Teng Hai said the cleanup would cover the 1.2km stretch of Pantai Bersih and 800m of Pantai Robina.
“Through this campaign, we hope to raise public awareness on beach cleanliness and the responsibility to make Penang a cleaner place.
“We invite the corporate sectors, schools, colleges and individuals to join this programme in making Penang an international city,” he said.
About 2,000 participants are expected to take part in the event from 6.30am to 11am.
Universiti Sains Malaysia will compile data on the source and movement of the rubbish collected and the reports will be submitted to the Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit environmental advocacy organisation that promotes healthy ocean ecosystems.
Participants are encouraged to bring along their own water bottles or containers because clean water will be supplied while breakfast and snacks are also provided.
The event is part of the ‘Cleaner, Greener Penang’ one-year initiative, which is co-organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd, Penang Municipal Council and Seberang Prai Municipal Council with support from the state government.
Registration can be done via SMS or e-mail. You can also download the registration forms from the website, www.penang.gov.my (under the Announcement section).