“Plastic free Kherlen river” campaign is applauded by public | WWF

“Plastic free Kherlen river” campaign is applauded by public



Posted on 03 January 2020
Participants agreed to come up with complete plan to change public attitude progressively.
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WWF-Mongolia initiated "Plastic free rivers" initiative in 2018 to engage stakeholders in the process of reducing plastic waste from rivers. The initiative started successfully and "Plastic free Kherlen river" campaign is being carried out with the participation of the citizens to remove plastic waste from Kherlen River in the eastern part of the country.     
A joint meeting of eco club students, business people and other organizations for the “Plastic free Kherlen'' campaign took place on December 13, 2019 in Chinggis city, Khentii province. Over 50 representatives included schools, kindergartens, police, emergency departments, banks, the Governor's Office, and Department of Environment and Tourism. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce business representatives and government agencies the achievements and lessons learned by students within “Plastic free Kherlen” campaign. The attendees of this meeting have brought their own reusable water bottles to reduce single use plastic use during the meeting, which shows improvement of the campaign. Participants agreed to come up with complete plan to change public attitude progressively.
Although waste is being sorted by organizations, it is still being transported to same location with other waste. Therefore, a proper waste sorting facility should be built within next year in Khentii province. Also, they are planning to initiate “no buy/sell plastic bag day” and encourage use of reusable cotton bags.
Participants agreed to come up with complete plan to change public attitude progressively.
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