This Man’s Mission To Tidy Up A Polluted River Rewarded Him With An Unexpected Bonus.
Tommy Kleyn rides his bicycle to work everyday. While he pedals along the river bank, instead of seeing a beautiful landscape in the Netherlands, Kleyn cannot help but see garbage piling up along the water line everywhere. Rather than complain about it, Kleyn decided to wake up 30 minutes earlier everyday and fill up a garbage bag per day.
He posted photos of his progress on Facebook, prompting his friends to join in the clean up. Kleyn admits that many bicyclists did stop to congratulate him on the positive work he was doing but did not return or stay to help.
The most common discarded items include plastic bottles and disposable lighters. Kleyn hopes to inspire people to fill one bag with litter once a year. He wishes this will start a green movement.
This could become a global movement where we all put aside a few moments to beautify our planet.
"Everyday, I ride my bicycle to work along the river bank (indeed, I'm Dutch). It's a nice route to ride, except for one part."
"A stretch of the river bank is covered in plastic bottles and other pieces of (mainly) plastic trash."
"This is the littered part."
"The trash annoyed me very much, so, since I had a pair of grippers laying around, I decided to start picking up the trash."
"It took me about 30 minutes to fill one garbage bag with trash. About the same span of time I used to be bothered with moping about the trash."
"But, one bag doesn't really make a dent in an area as polluted as this."
"I vowed to fill one bag of trash each day I passed the spot. At least until the reeds started to grow. So, taking non-workable days due to weather into account, I had to get to it!"
"It was very simple: take the plastic, but in the bag, put the bags next to the nearby trash bin. And also: it was pretty satisfying too."
"Working outside, making a real change gives one a good feeling out one's self."
"I shared my experiences on Facebook (don't shoot me)."
"And now, over 180 people 'like' the project."
"A lot of people were all like 'There should be more people like you!'"
"And there were: this is my friend Rick helping out."
"This is me. I'm 6'9". I could go for some longer grippers."
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