Blue View Divers Create Better Plastic Karma

Over a two day cleanup event, Blue View Divers on the island of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand collected over 962 kgs of rubbish – around 5 percent of this amounted to recyclable plastic.

 

 

26/08/2010 

Blue View Divers Create Better Plastic Karma 

 

© Adam Broadbent/Scubazoo

© Adam Broadbent/Scubazoo

 

Over a two day cleanup event, Blue View Divers on the island of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand collected over 962 kgs of rubbish - around 5 percent of this amounted to recyclable plastic.

On 20th August dive centre staff set up stations on the beaches and were on hand to log data, weigh and sort the rubbish collected by volunteers.  Around 40 volunteers participated in the cleanup; even tourists got involved and helped out by filling bags with rubbish.

 

© Blue View Divers

© Blue View Divers

 

The majority of rubbish gathered consisted of discarded empty beer bottles, broken glass, plastic straws, spoons and Styrofoam. Other items included cans, items of clothing and countless cigarette butts cast away by careless tourists and locals on the beaches. Discarded plastic bags amounted to a huge number and cause a lot of problems on the island for the resident Hawksbill Turtle population. In the past week alone two turtles were reported to have washed up dead on the beach in Koh Phi Phi Don.

On the 21st of August seven members of the Blue View Divers team took part in a dive and beach cleanup around the marine park islands of Koh Phi Phi Ley. The divers targeted a site known as Pileh Wall. Several fish nets had been discarded and entangled amongst the staghorn corals. The removal of the nets was a slow and careful process to ensure that the coral remained intact. Plastic bags and bottles were again removed from the site.

 

© Blue View Divers

© Blue View Divers

 

The dive centre was approached by Electrolux’s “Vac from the Sea” project. The international project aims to create increased attention on the ocean plastics waste problem and the unsustainable management and use of plastics. Electrolux will create a line of 6 vacuum cleaners made from the recycled plastics collected from 6 different regions around the world. The data collected will now be added to Project AWARE’s own cleanup data.

Great work Koh Phi Phi!

 

© Blue View Divers

© Blue View Divers

 

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