3.7 tonnes of beach trash cleared

Daniel Lim

A whopping 3.7 tonnes of trash was picked-up during a beach cleaning campaign in three locations: the W10 Beach at Jalan Maulana in Kuala Belait, as well as the Jerudong and Meragang beaches in the Brunei-Muara District yesterday.

Over 1,000 people stepped forward for the campaign jointly organised by Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV) companies comprising Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM) and Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC)

The largest quantity of trash was collected from Jerudong Beach (2.1 tonnes), followed by W10 Beach (1.2 tonnes) and Meragang Beach 0.4 tonnes.

The clean-up involved BSJV companies and BGC management teams and officials, as well as students, local communities, business partners as well as youth from various associations.

At the Jerudong Beach, BGC collaborated with the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD). The campaign was held in conjunction with World Maritime Day, marked every September 25.

Participants work together to clean-up the beach
Volunteers at the beach clean-up in the Belait District. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof attended as the guest of honour.

BGC Managing Director John Cook said, “BGC firmly believes in protecting the environment in which we operate. It is crucial that we protect our oceans and seas and manage the disposal of our waste to prevent it from ending up in them by taking activities such as this today.”

He said the message sent through this initiative is that environmental protection is everyone’s responsibility, and that all are committed to playing their role in sustaining the environment.

Poni Divers led the underwater clean-up along the shores of the beaches.

BSJV companies are keen supporters of Brunei’s efforts in helping to further promote the importance of environmental sustainability. They have collaborated with the government and private agencies for various key projects.

One example is the first Green Depot opened in Kuala Belait last year. It is a youth-led organisation supported by BSP and Daikyo Environmental Recycling Sdn Bhd.

Green Depot, whose members were present at the campaign in the Belait District; represents a continuing initiative to provide a simplified platform for recycling.

Meanwhile, at the W10 Beach clean-up, Chairman of the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board Ridzuan bin Haji Ahmad highlighted the beauty of beaches in the district, and lauded volunteers for helping to maintain its pristine charm.

This is the sixth consecutive year the clean-up was conducted by BSJV companies in support of the International Coastal Clean-up, which is the world’s largest single-day volunteering effort to clean up beaches, lakes and rivers.