YEREVAN, September 7. /ARKA/. Over 3,000 people representing nearly 50 different organizations and structures, as well as 10 schools will participate in “Armenia without garbage” initiative throughout Armenia within “Let’s Do it! World” global movement on 15 September, a campaign organizer, president of Association of Young Biologists of Armenia Arsen Gasparyan said on Friday.
Civil international, ecological organizations are among the initiative participants that will clean 50 points from garbage in all regions of Armenia.
Yerevan Municipality representatives are said to clean the capital, whereas Nature Protection Ministry- strictly protected areas.
Gasparyan said that Yerevan Municipality will provide the participants with the necessary equipment, as well as sacks and special gloves for collecting garbage.
He also noted that the analogical campaign on the same day will be held in Russia, Philippines, Belarus and Nigeria.
The initiative organizers will deliver the collected garbage to a number of companies processing plastic and metal garbage, which have already agreed to receive it. Otherwise, the garbage will be sent to the dump, according to him.
On his side, WWF Armenia head Karen Manvelyan expressed his regret that even though Armenia is famous for its ancient culture and rich biodiversity, it doesn’t follow the environment protection rules, and very often one can see a lot of garbage near the historical monuments or at the roadsides after the picnics, etc.
He called on road building companies to join the campaign contributing to cleaning roadsides.
“Let’s do it! World” movement has been organized since 2008 in over 100 states worldwide. In 2008 50,000 Estonians collected over 10,000 tons of garbage within five hours. Over the time, some other European countries, including Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Armenia (2011), joined the movement. —0-