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Dutch Man Starts Cleaning Up Pollution And Inspires Others To Do The Same (19 pics)

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  • 20 Apr, 2015  |
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Tommy Kleyn from the Netherlands was sick and tired of looking at a polluted waterfront everyday on his way to work. He decided to clean it up himself, vowing to fill one garbage bag every single day until the waterfront was clean. As he started doing this, other people joined in, motivated by his ambition for a cleaner environment.

“Everyday, I ride my bicycle to work along the river bank. It’s a nice route to ride, except for one part.”

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“A stretch of the river bank is covered in plastic bottles and other pieces of (mainly) plastic trash.”


2 Dutch Man Starts Cleaning Up Pollution And Inspires Others To Do The Same (19 pics)

“This is the littered part”:


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“The trash annoyed me very much, so, I decided to start picking them up.”


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“It took me about 30 minutes to fill one garbage bag with trash.”


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“But, one bag doesn’t really make a dent in an area as polluted as this.”



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“I vowed to fill one bag of trash each day I passed the spot.”


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“The area between the arrows was clean at this point. This is the progress made in only 6 days”


8 Dutch Man Starts Cleaning Up Pollution And Inspires Others To Do The Same (19 pics)

“I shared my experiences on Facebook and now, over 180 people ‘like’ the project”


9 Dutch Man Starts Cleaning Up Pollution And Inspires Others To Do The Same (19 pics)

“A lot of people were all like ‘There should be more people like you!'”


10 Dutch Man Starts Cleaning Up Pollution And Inspires Others To Do The Same (19 pics)

“And there were: this is my friend Rick helping out”


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The Contrast


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“The location was next to a bike path, and quite a few people got off their bikes and said what a great initiative this was.”


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“The trash tried to communicate with me”


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“The last garbage bag”


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“In 22 bags of trash, this is the only item I deemed worth keeping.”


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“The idea is to motivate people to fill one garbage bag with litter each year.”


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“It only takes 30 minutes, it really makes a difference and you will be amazed about how good you’ll feel afterwards.”


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“An Eurasian Coot started nesting in the part which I cleaned.”


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№1 Author: Aindy (20 Apr 2015 09:27) Total user comments: 2863


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Well done! All it takes is everyone doing a little and the world will be a great place.

Having said that, it would be nicer if people didnt litter in the first place....
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№2 Author: fairmania (20 Apr 2015 12:36) Total user comments: 1436


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Aindy, well said! If everyone made a small effort the world would be a better place for all.

And as you noted, littering in the first place doesn't help. A little thought is needed for that to work......

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№3 Author: Tomaz86 (20 Apr 2015 16:28) Total user comments: 10835


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I'll pass this initiative for my community.
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№4 Author: garbage man (20 Apr 2015 22:17) Total user comments: 0


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Looks better with garbage:-/
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№5 Author: Buacks (20 Apr 2015 22:48) Total user comments: 1333


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Good job, man.
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№6 Author: FunGuy (21 Apr 2015 00:40) Total user comments: 594


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good work


good work


good work
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