Tunisian 'clean-up' month to kick off 14/8

Initiative based on citizen participation

11 August, 11:50

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, AUG 11 - An environmental protection initiative called "clean-up month" will be launched August 14 across all of Tunisia, Environment Minister Leyla Chikhaoui said in a press conference this week, underscoring that the event - which will continue during the weekends starting August 21, August 28, and September 4 - aims to encourage citizens, civil society, and companies to voluntarily take part and promote clean-ups in all Tunisian cities.

    Plastic waste and litter will be collected in all regions of the country through joint efforts by all those interested and in collaboration with relevant ministries and services with the aim of providing the human and logistical structure necessary to make the initiative a success.

    The minister said that the initiative will be based on citizen participation, both individually and in teams of 10 volunteers of those over age 18.

    Invited to take part in the clean-up month are representatives of organisations active at the local level such as Scouts and the Red Crescent as well as students and other citizens.

    All those wanting to take part such register at www.cleanup-month.tn.

    The work of the teams taking part will be assessed on the basis of the waste collected and those quality, in terms of whether they have been separated into recyclable materials or not.

    The top three teams will be given symbolic prizes.

    The ministry will provide trash bags, gloves, aprons, helmets, and tools for weighing in the collection areas.

    Local agencies will determine which areas will be involved, focusing especially on the entrances to cities, strategic roads, squares, working class areas, and industrial zones. (ANSAmed).

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