Our beaches are the bridge between our world and the ocean. Summer weather attracts thousands of visitors to beaches in Polhena-Madiha and sometimes visitors bring waste. Beaches are fragile environments. We must be attentive in how we treat these stretches of land.
It is necessary to keep our beaches clean if we hope to keep our oceans clean. The sand and surf are far more than a place to build sandcastles and take a dive. Beaches in our neighborhood are home to various creatures from hermit crabs to sea turtles.
Many animals depend on the land to survive. Land that is untainted by chemical wastes or human wastes. Marine life, dwelling only in the water, are also affected by waste on beaches. When the tides rise, they collect items on the beach and take the items out when the water lowers, including trash. This can have negative effects on marine life.
Animals do not know that a shiny candy wrapper is not meant to be eaten. It can easily be mistaken as a fish or piece of seaweed. If ingested our trash can cause harm. However, trash can cause injury even if it is not ingested, Creatures have been reported having straws stuck in their noses, or head stuck in plastic bottle rings.
There are ways to prevent this from happening to our ocean creatures. By keeping this environment trash free we help protect and preserve marine life.
2018 – First Polhena beach cleanup.
Even though we haven’t organized a community event like this before, we gathered about 100 volunteers from the neighborhood to participate.
Teams from The Doctor’s House, MEPA, Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Love Your Village Foundation and the other volunteers cleaned the beach stretch in Madiha and Polhena.
We collected over 600Kgs of Trash and handed out to the Matara municipal council.
2019 Feb- First Major Polhena beach cleanup.
This time we got surprised with participation of 150 volunteers!
We partnered up with The Doctor’s House and Drivethru Surf Camps to organize and manage the event. We have also started properly segregating trash and send the recycling waste to Thalpe recycling center.
- More than 500kgs of Recyclable waste collected and submitted to Thalpe Recycling Center.
- More than 1200kgs of Non-Recyclable waste collected and disposed.
2019 Oct- Start of awareness programs.
We have started doing more frequent smaller scale cleanups with awareness workshops. For this pilot project we had 72 volunteers and our friends @ Blue Resources Trust offered to do an awareness presentation for the participants.
We partnered up with The Doctor’s House, Moiglobe Travels and Drivethru Surf Camps to organize and manage the event.
- 205kgs of plastic bottles and hard plastics, 72kgs of glass bottles submitted to Thalpe Recycling
- 5kgs of flipflops, 104kgs of random trash, 10kgs of Styrofoam waste collected and disposed.