Beach Conservation and Cleanup

Prior to officially starting this programme in 2012, Save the Beach hosted annual cleanup events as part of the campaign to cleanup the beaches of Villimale’ and to raise awareness about the issue of marine and beach pollution. Villimale’s beaches are the only natural beaches left in the capital city, and can be said to be the most used beaches in all of Maldives.

People on the beach

Most used beaches in Maldives

From 2012  until March 2013 when dustbins were placed on the beach as part of the programme run by Save the Beach, the beach had been cleaned only on Saturdays, and by volunteers.

More piles of waste

Garbage on beach during Saturday cleanups

garbage villimale'

Villimale’ beaches before dustbins were placed

Since March 2013, Save the Beach has been cleaning litter from the beaches and cleaning out the trash can liners/bags daily. The dustbins have been placed in pairs to introduce waste segregation at a later stage.

Making Cubicle sides

Dustbin cubicles being made

Setting up the Dustbin Cubicles

Dustbin cubicles being made

Dustbin cubicles being made

Dustbin cubicles being made

Dustbins ready to be placed on Villimale' beach

Dustbins ready to be placed on beach

Dustbins on Villingili beach

Dustbins on Villingili beach

Printing Signboards

Printing Signboards

Signboards on Vilingili beach

Signboards on Vilingili beach

garbage pile villimale'

Cleanup on day of placing dustbins

SIgnboards on Villimale' beach

Signboards on Villimale’ beach

As part of this project, public participation cleanup events and awareness programs are conducted regularly. Litter audits are also carried out to measure effectiveness of programs and to quantify littering habits of people.

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