Nearly 20 tonnes of rubbish removed from Bahrain's waters in 2019

The Bahrain Dive Volunteer Team has found everything from air-conditioning units to shopping trolleys

Nearly 20 tonnes of rubbish removed from Bahrain's waters in 2019

Volunteers have collected nearly 20 tonnes worth of rubbish from the waters around Bahrain in 2019 so far.

The clean-up campaign, entitled Our Seas Clean, has seen professional divers recover items including shopping trolleys, air-conditioners and computers from nine different locations across Muharraq and the Southern governorates.

Divers have also picked up vast amounts of plastic and fishing waste.

The Bahrain Diving Volunteer Team (BDVT), which was founded in April this year, has been leading the drive that also involves installing recycling bins aimed at fishermen.

The Supreme Council for Environment, the Marine Monitoring Directorate, and the UN Environment Programme are supporting the project, which will move onto Bahrain’s smaller islands in the new year.

“We found an overwhelming amount of plastic in any shape and form you can imagine – and of course it isn’t biodegradable so it looks almost new,” BDVT president Khalid Al Saeed told Gulf Daily News.

“Muharraq was a cemetery of waste and even Zallaq Port was catastrophic – we never expected to find all that waste.”
BDVT are not the only ones tackling rubbish in the Kingdom’s waters – earlier this month volunteers took part in a beach clean, collecting more than 10,000kg of waste.

CleanUp Bahrain host regular beach cleaning events and you can find out more by visiting the group’s Instagram page here.

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