A washing machine, a bench, 230 tyres, a frying pan, a toy pushchair, two car batteries, nearly 180 surgical masks and… a 50 euro bank note: these are some of the unusual waste that the SeaCleaners helped to collect on the occasion of the World Cleanup Day 2020, on Saturday 19 September.
In total, more than 24 tonnes of litter, including 171,211 cigarette butts, were collected by our association and its partners on this special day during which millions of volunteers worldwide come together to rid our planet of trash – cleaning up litter and mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.
A big THANKS to our 950 or so volunteers who took part in 24 clean-up operations in France, overseas and in Switzerland! From Brittany to the Côte d’Azur, via Picardy, Lyon and Savoie, despite the particular sanitary context, which imposed numerous constraints and could have discouraged more than one, our SeaCleaners were present in large numbers and contributed to making this day a tremendous success. For the World Cleanup Day, for our association but above all for the planet. 24 tonnes of waste collected, 24 tonnes of waste that will not pollute the environment in the long term.
A special tip of the hat to nine of our sponsors (SOCAPS, ED-Trans, Pilot, Spadel, Externatic, Obeo, Epson, Tribee, Jacques Frelin) whose employees took part in 17 clean-up operations under our impetus, thus demonstrating once again their commitment to the preservation of the oceans.
And a special thank you to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who gave us the honour and friendship of actively participating in our Parisian collection.
Through this commitment, The SeaCleaners reaffirms that the collective fight against ocean plastic pollution is won both at sea and on land, and remains true to its philosophy that the best way to raise awareness is through action!
We look forward to seeing you for future collection operations very soon! Don’t hesitate to subscribe to our newsletter to be informed of the dates.