Tomorrow, Suriname will participate for the fifth time in the ‘World Cleanup Day’, which is held annually on September 17. Under the coordination of the Support Recycling Suriname Foundation (SuReSur), hundreds of volunteers, environmental organizations, companies and government agencies are participating in a national clean-up campaign. From Nickerie to Albina, more than 50 locations will be cleaned and litter removed on that day.
The SuReSur Foundation concludes from the spontaneous registrations for participation and the enthusiasm among volunteers and companies that awareness for a clean Suriname is beginning to take shape. Glenn Ramdjan chairman of the foundation said in a press release that as a country we still have a long way to go and the environmental issue has many other aspects apart from litter and plastic bottles. It can be noted that more and more Surinamese are paying attention to and attaching value to a clean environment and a clean country.
Suriname has been participating in the World Cleanup Day for the fifth time since 2018, this year. The first international Cleanup started in 2008 in the small Northern European country, Estonia where 50,000 people then banded together to clean up the entire country in just five hours. On that day, a global citizens’ movement was born and spread like wildfire around the world. This caught the imagination of people in other countries, who were inspired to follow the same example with the same ambition, namely a clean country. Since then, 191 countries have participated in the clean-up to tackle the global waste problem and build a sustainable world.
The SuReSur Foundation and partners, volunteers and companies are therefore putting the emphasis this year on giving the annual cleaning activities a sustainable character. In addition to keeping the locations clean on ‘World Cleanup Day’, citizens, governments and companies are motivated and called upon to take responsibility throughout the year to keep their immediate environment clean and free of litter. The special day is an encouragement of all social strata in society to participate in the clean-up campaigns and create a more sustainable future.
SuReSur points out that every household produces at least one kilo of household waste every day. Production and consumables generate 3,500 kg of industrial waste per person every year. The waste that we produce together has an impact on our environment that should not be underestimated. Since its inception in 2015, SuReSur has placed more than 160 bins nationwide at strategic locations for the collection of plastic bottles, plastic packaging material, beer cans and other materials that are recyclable. Recently, a start has been made with the installation of collection bins for glass. The collected material is handed over to recycling companies that process the material and then ship it abroad or make other reusable end products from it themselves.