Volunteers collect 350 kg of plastic waste from port in Hidd

Port workers also took part in a tree-planting activity using water recycling from air-conditioners

Volunteers collect 350 kg of plastic waste from port in Hidd

Volunteers collected around 350kg of plastic waste from Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd earlier this week.

Employees from APM Terminals, who operate the port, took part in a mass clean-up in the area as part of a global go green initiative.

Other workers took part in a tree-planting activity using recycled water taken out of air conditioners.

The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT), the Ports and Maritime Affairs (PMA), the Supreme Council for Environment and other government entities also took part.

The clean-up operation is part of wider efforts to remove plastic from the seas and beaches around Bahrain.

Earlier this month it was revealed that members of the Bahrain Diving Volunteer Team had collected nearly 20 tonnes of rubbish from the waters around the Kingdom so far this year.

Then in September, 10,000kg of rubbish was removed from 12 beaches across Bahrain by more than 1,700 volunteers.

The government is currently considering proposals to ban synthetic fishing nets and returning to non-plastic ones used in the past to tackle the problem.

According to Ocean Cleanup, around 46 percent of the plastic in the Great Pacific garbage patch is made up of discarded fishing nets, and this could be the same across the globe.

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