Trash Hero Koh Tao
Anyone can be a Trash Hero Koh Tao, it’s easy! A Trash Hero wastes as little as possible, reuses as much as possible, while working to preserve and improve the spaces they are in, wherever they may be.
The mission of Trash Hero Koh Tao is to create sustainable, community based projects that remove existing waste, reduce future waste by inspiring long term behaviour change and help to save Koh Tao. We do this through:
- Action and Awareness. We pick up trash. Whether a cigarette butt on the road, or 20,000 kilos from island beaches – if we see it, we clean it! And as they say, actions speak louder than words. By spending just a few hours together picking up trash, people can see the real world consequences of being careless about waste.
- Education. We back up hands on experience with educational information about the impact that trash has on the global environment.
- Sustainable Projects. We create long term projects that bring communities together to remove and better manage their waste, and strategies that reduce the amount of waste being produced in the future.
- Inspiration. We motivate people to become a Trash Hero on Koh Tao as well as in their everyday lives anywhere else in the world. Trash Hero Thailand volunteers have gone home to make their own heroic clean ups around the world.
Trash Hero Koh Tao believes that every one of us can be a Trash Hero.
No cost, no signup, just show up – While solving the global garbage problem may be complex, knowing what to do about the garbage that is currently littered on our beaches and in our communities is relatively simple; pick it up.
What’s the idea? With the support of local businesses, people come together once a week to pick up trash (e.g. donated resources + volunteers = cleaner environments).
When and where is this happening? At the time and location designated each week by the local Trash Hero on Koh Tao chapter.
Does it work? As of September 15, 2015, 5’000 volunteers have removed 100 metric tons of garbage from the beaches of Thailand and Indonesia.
Promoting a Clean Community
Although many of us are blessed with well functioning municipal waste management programs, many do not have easy or convenient ways to get rid of trash and other waste. Historically, in small and rural communities, trash and other waste is burned or hidden out of sight. Unfortunately, the amount of plastic and other toxins in modern waste makes burning and burying garbage dangerous for animals, people and the environment.
What’s the idea? Provide garbage receptacles and volunteer driven waste pick-ups in rural and small communities that currently do not have publicly provided waste management services, and discourage the burning and burying of garbage.
How does it work? Volunteers arrange with local community members to use designated waste receptacles to separate garbage. On pre-arranged days they then pick-up the waste using sidecar-motorbikes, pick-up trucks, long tail boats or any other appropriate transportation donated by local businesses or owned by Trash Hero community members. In addition to trash bins, Trash Hero on Koh Tao sponsors can provide communities with trash bags and gloves to conduct community cleanups.
What kind of trash can be collected? All kinds, from household garbage to used motor oil, and other hard to discard items such as electronics and motorbike batteries.
Is there any cost or signup? There is no cost and need to signup for volunteers, just show up at the designated time and place. Participating local businesses each week generously donate gloves and trash bags, food, beverages and transportation when needed. Want to join a weekly cleanup? Every Saturday 10 am. Meet at the 7/11 on Sairee Junction.
Article and images courtesy of Trash Hero Koh Tao.