Trash Hero Day

 

We’ve been collecting trash on Canggu Beach with Trash Hero and it was great !

Who’s Trash Hero ? What is it ?

Trash Hero is a socially concious community basically a big family. It was created in Thailand and has now grown providing great work in nine different countries. They have decided to protect the environment by collecting waste it is now a prevalent issue we all face on the planet. Every day people can become heroes by assisting in protecting and cleaning the land in which we live and work.

How do they do that ?

They run 4 difference programs :

WEEKLY CLEANUPS

With the support of local businesses, people come together once a week to pick up trash, time and location designated each week by the local Trash Hero chapter. There is no cost and need to sign-up for volunteers – just show up at the designated time and place. Participating local businesses each week generously donate gloves and trash bags, food and beverages, and transportation when needed.

Does it work? As of December 2017, we have mobilised more than 63,000 volunteers to remove 408 metric tons of litter in 9 countries worldwide.

BOTTLES PROGRAM

Less plastic used means less to pick up later.

The Trash Hero Bottle Refill program provides a sustainable, affordable alternative to single use plastic bottles. The program involves both businesses and consumers, making it a whole community venture. Trash Hero provides high quality stainless steel water bottles to local businesses at cost price. Local businesses can then sell those bottles to customers with a small profit, and in return they agree to provide anyone with a Trash Hero water bottle, no matter where it was purchased, with free drinking water refills.

 

Does it work? In Southeast Asia, we have sold 42,200 bottles through more than 200 participating businesses in 2.5 years. We surmise that one bottle sold will “save” an average of 365 plastic bottles (one per day for a year), and therefore estimate that we have prevented waste equivalent to 15.4 million plastic bottles.

COMMUNITY WASTE MANAGEMENT

Promoting clean communities for everyone.

Although many of us are blessed with well-functioning municipal waste management programs, many do not have easy or convenient ways to get rid of trash and other waste. Historically, in small and rural communities, trash and other waste is burned or hidden out of sight. Unfortunately, the amount of plastic and other toxins in modern waste makes burning and burying garbage dangerous for animals, people and the environment.

Trash Hero provide garbage receptacles and volunteer-driven waste pick-ups in rural and small communities that currently do not have publicly provided waste management services, and discourage the burning and burying of garbage. Volunteers arrange with local community members to use designated waste receptacles to separate garbage. On pre-arranged days they then pick-up the waste using sidecar-motorbikes, pick-up trucks, longtail boats or any other appropriate transportation donated by local businesses or owned by Trash Hero community members.

TRASH HERO KIDS’ PROGRAM

You’re never too young to be a Trash Hero!

A better environmental future requires better environmental awareness for future generations. Trash Hero education is all about hands-on, experiential learning. Our kids’ story book provides the material to engage children and then motivate them to complete a series of challenges to clean and reduce waste in their everyday lives. The repeated actions lead to rewards such as the coveted Trash Hero t-shirt – and, hopefully, to long-term behavioural change.

The materials, including the printed books and t-shirts, are all provided free of charge to local schools and community groups in Southeast Asia. This is made possible through donations and, recently, a crowdfunding campaign.  The activities themselves will be supervised by teachers or volunteers in our local chapters and are intentionally low resource.

We regularly host local schools at our cleanups; we also distribute educational posters about why trash should be picked up; and make multimedia presentations at schools about how garbage impacts beaches and sea life.

Read more on : www.trashhero.org