Volunteers to clear trash from beaches throughout Germany
On 17 September 2016, volunteers worldwide will come together to do their part for marine conservation. On this day, they will mark International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC), and Germany is no exception. This will be the 31st time the country is commemorating the event.
This year, for the first time, supermarket chain REWE will support the trash collection efforts by NABU. From mid-September to early October, they will organise beach cleanup activities along the North and Baltic Sea, as well as the banks of lakes and rivers.
Plastic waste has become a global threat, reaching as much as ten million tons annually. It causes millions of animals to die in agony and enters the marine food chains, eventually finding its way onto our dinner plates.“NABU promotes practical conservation and environmental protection. We are proud of our groups that help to preserve species and habitats at our doorstep and cut down on littering. At the same time, we need to intensify our efforts to prevent the trash from entering the natural environment,” said NABU’s CEO Leif Miller in German.
Over the years, the number of NABU volunteers taking part in the ICC has grown. In fact, the response has been so good this year that the number of volunteers hit an all-time high. Volunteers will be issued with collection bags, gloves, garbage picker and informational material. Employees from REWE stores and the head office in Cologne will be taking part in the exercise. “We are pleased to do our part in supporting clean seas, rivers and lakes for the first time, alongside NABU and local groups. Together, we are advocating more sustainable buying habits, natural biodiversity and marine protection, as well as more sustainable use of natural resources. The coastal clean-up is part of our strategic partnership with NABU,” said REWE's Dr Daniela Büchel in German.
Such coordinated cleanups are an important part of the NABU’s “Seas without Plastic” project. To win the battle against the increasing scourge of littering, precautionary measures need to be introduced. Besides reducing waste and conserving resources, innovative solutions have to be developed to reduce the use of plastic bags and disposable packaging. Since July this year, REWE became the first major food retailer to replace plastic bags with recyclable reusable bags and shopping boxes in more than 3,000 of the markets in which it operates.
Further information: www.nabu.de/natur-und-landschaft/aktionen-und-projekte/meere-ohne-plastik/