Trash Hero program cleans up Inya Lake
THE heroes were out in force yesterday, busy protecting their world, or at least a small part of it, from the rising tide of garbage. Trash Hero mobilised its forces around the shores of Inya Lake for a morning of beautification, for the first time in Yangon.
Many of the volunteers came from the Yangon Sailing Club, the Navy and Rowing Clubs, the Yangon University Boat Club and the Myanmar Yachting Federation, who took to the boats to clear the waters of rubbish. They were aided by a sprinkling of foreigners.
The Trash Hero campaign has also helped keep Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and the Czech Republic clean, as well as Dawei and surrounding villages. Most of the rubbish takes the form of plastic bottles and bags.
Organisers say they will return in about a month for a repeat performance. Phone Kyaw Moe Myint, who has been sailing and swimming in the lake for 30 years, said he was glad of the opportunity to remove “disgusting” rubbish from the water and to help protect its green spaces.
He hopes yesterday’s operation will raise public awareness about the need to protect the environment and to keep their community clean and trash free. “It’s not enough to rely on the government or the city authorities,” he said. “Everybody should assume responsibility for what they do.”
Inya Lake is the only place in Yangon where people can learn to sail a yacht, and yachtspeople are understandably eager to maintain their environment, said Sai Pyaye Sone Hein, assistant head of the Myanmar Yachting Federation.
Volunteers fetch trash with nets on Inya Lake. The event was organised by the Myanmar Yachting Federation. A volunteer hands over rubbish from her paddleboard.