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New record number of volunteers join 2016 Bali Hotels Association ICC event

Over the past few days, Bali Hotels Association received information from its members that there were more volunteers counted more than 2516 and additional associates rallied for the cause of the environment on Saturday, 10 September 2016 scouring the beaches for trash during the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) held on the 31 kilometer coastline of the Bali beaches.

The new record saw more than 121 instead of 116 hotels under the BHA banner gather over thousand eco-friendly warriors to clear debris in several beaches and rivers divided into 9 zones from Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa, Jimbaran, Legian, Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, Tabanan to Ubud.

Aside from collecting trash along the coast, participants also segregated the various kinds of garbage collected fromplastic bags, containers, cutlery, cans, cigarettes and household waste, abandoned shoes to fishing debris, a total of 75,894 waste items. This year even more volunteers donated their time to participate resulting in 483 bags being collected reaching 2205 kilograms in total.

Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean Up has been running since 1986 and has become the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health. Every third week September of each the year, millions of ‘green warriors’ from all over the globe help to clear trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers and oceans. Thanks to these volunteers recording every article collected, Ocean Conservancy has gained an accurate insight into the manufactured items which are impacting our planet’s health.

“We hope that this initiative will start a ripple effect. Ideally we want to encourage more people, locals and tourist alike, to assume responsibility for their daily consumption of one - time products that effectively contribute to the oceans trash problem.

"It was an absolute pleasure to learn that there were more than 2,500 volunteers participated in the Bali Hotels Association's International Coastal Cleanup 2016. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved. We look forward to an even bigger and better cleanup next year to continue raising awareness and encouraging everyone to be more conscious about their trash.

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