SIDON, Lebanon: Dozens took part in a beach cleanup Thursday in the southern city of Sidon, organized by the Banin Charity Association.
Around 80 volunteers and activists spent several hours picking up litter along the beach opposite the Zaatari Mosque near the city’s crusader castle.
"Our message to everyone is to maintain a high level of environmental responsibility and to keep the beach clean so that it can be enjoyed by everyone who wants to," Abdel-Rida Hallal, a project organizer at the Banin Charity Association, told The Daily Star.
“We wanted to cooperate with the municipality and do our duty as a public service,” she added.
“We called the municipality of Sidon ... and we got permission for us to come and share and give everyone a chance to clean the coast.”
Hallal explained that the organization chose Thursday for the operation because “people usually go to beach on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.”
The participants in the campaign were “all of different ages, and some parents have come with their children,” said Hallal, adding that volunteers had come from across Lebanon, including Beirut, Nabatieh, Tripoli and Tyre.
The cleanup followed Lebanon’s largest-ever beach cleanup, which took place last week. It was organized by the Environment Ministry under the title “Save Our Face.”
Some 7,000 volunteers took part in Save Our Face, picking up litter in more than 120 locations up and down Lebanon’s coast.
But some activists criticized the ministry’s priorities and called on the ministry to focus its efforts elsewhere by imposing laws cracking down on major polluters.