A beach cleaning initiative organised by PTAS Aker Solutions yielded 350 bags of trash weighing approximately one metric tonne from a one kilometre stretch between Silver Jubilee Park to Los Tanjung Treatment Plant last Friday.
Ninty per cent of the waste collected over the three hour programme consisted of single-use plastics such as water bottles, food containers, household items and toys, said PTAS Aker in a statement.
Around 100 volunteers from PTAS Aker Solutions, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd and six partner organisations took part, including Adinin Works and Engineeering Sdn Bhd, Baker Hughes Techoil Company Sdn Bhd, Tendrill Sdn Bhd, Shika Sdn Bhd and Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd.
“Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental issues today,” said PTAS Aker’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager Steve Boyden. He said that the programme built awareness on the negative impacts of plastic waste and promoted its clearance and safe disposal.
“In addition, it is also crucial for each one of us to have a sustainable behaviour change in avoiding the use of plastics in the long term,” said Boyden.
A safety briefing was provided at the start of the programme and volunteers were provided with hand gloves and trash pickers.