A KK Plastic Neutral and Love KK Clean KK beach clean campaign was held in Likas last Saturday involving various groups. Participants braved the rain to comb the beach for all kinds of wastes, especially plastic which had either been washed to shore or buried underground for a long time.
Unlike other beach clean campaigns in the past, this one, a brainchild of Blu Hope, an NGO, was different. It was done to gather data as no one knows how massive the problem actually is and how it has to be dealt with. Obviously, different components of trash have to be dealt with differently. The goal is to establish a circular waste collection system, first in Kota Kinabalu then the whole Sabah.
Blu Hope believes that the way forward toward pushing to make Sabah plastic neutral, which is a five-year plan, is by giving monetary value to plastic waste and bring real tangible value in recycling the material.
Blu Hope signed a Kota-Kinabalu-Plastic Neutral memorandum of understanding with Kota Kinabalu City Hall towards collection and recycling plastic waste including the tonnes of waste washed up at the shores of the state capital daily.
One of the key deliverables was to carry out a series of regular “quantitative and qualitative” beach cleaning operations to obtain a new scientific data collection of marine debris across all the city’s beaches.