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Prevented Ocean Plastic participates in Bali’s Biggest Clean-Up

By February 22, 2023December 11th, 2023No Comments

Staff and representatives of Prevented Ocean Plastic took part in an island-wide Bali beach clean-up last week.

The event, arranged by the One Island One Voice organisation, was held for its seventh year on February 19th. The day brought together local residents, teachers and students, businesses, and even tourists, turning them into teams of volunteers combing the coastline for inorganic material- from plastic bottles to abandoned flip flops.

Over the past six years the movement has mobilised more than 70,000 people in 560 locations on Bali, and prevented over 200 tonnes of waste from entering the ocean.

The volume of waste collected is significant but the event’s real aim is attitude change and greater awareness, reminding communities across the island on the importance of proper waste management, and showcasing the continuous and wide use of single-use plastics. In the words of Prevented Ocean Plastic Collection Centre owner Alvaro Aguilar, “Beach Clean-Ups like this are not the solution, but a conscious way to see the scale of the problem”.

For the first time in its history, the 2023 event also included a Bali Youth Summit, a young people-led event discussing solutions for the plastic waste problem and drafting a manifesto for positive change in the area.

Prevented Ocean Plastic is a pioneering plastic recycling company developing locally customized sorting and collection infrastructure to underserved communities across the world. We are committed to strengthening the supply chain and scaling solutions for the management of plastic waste in the country. We provide high quality traceable recycled plastic to global markets to drive environmental, social and economic value from the bottle collector to the end consumer.