Paddlers clear litter from Da Nang river

By Nguyen Dong    June 26, 2020 | 08:31 pm GMT+7

A group of volunteers used standup paddle boards (SUP) to navigate the iconic Han River in the central city of Da Nang, clearing up nearly 100 kg of assorted waste.

On Wednesday, a group of 20 people from the Da Nang SUP Club cooperated with Son Tra Districts Youth Union to carry out a garbage cleanup on the Han River, a symbol of Da Nang. Previously, members of the SUP club had many times cleaned up the coral reefs on Son Tra Peninsula, which acts as a natural shield for Da Nang.

A group of 20 people from the Da Nang SUP Club joined with Son Tra District's Youth Union on Wednesday to commence a garbage cleanup on Han River, a symbol of Da Nang.

Previously, members of the club also cleared coral reefs along Son Tra Peninsula, which acts as a natural barrier for the city.

To ensure the safety for all members during the cleanup campaign, experienced skippers spend about 5 minutes instructing the sitting posture and how to get up and down to avoid being overturned. Rowers must wear a seatbelt on the ankles while those sitting together wear a life jacket.

To ensure the safety of all members during the cleanup campaign, experienced skippers spent about 5 minutes instructing paddlers on how to operate their boards. Leashes and safety vests were compulsory.

[Caption]aaa16 standup paddle boards (SUP) from the Da Nang SUP Club were sent out on the Han River, with members picking up trash. The campaign was initiated by Dao Dang Cong Trung, 41, who spend most of  his spare time collecting trash along roads leading to Son Tra Peninsula, the heart of the coastal central city. Trung started offering cruise tours on the Han River and in the waters off the coast of Da Nang in 2010.Like many popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, Da Nang, the country’s third largest city, has been hurt by waste generation and coral damage due to its tourism boom.

The campaign was initiated by Dao Dang Cong Trung, 41, who spends most of his spare time collecting trash along roads leading to Son Tra Peninsula, heart of the coastal city. Trung started offering cruise tours on Han River and in the waters off the coast of Da Nang in 2010.

Like many popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, Da Nang, the country’s third largest city, has been hurt by waste generation and coral damage due to its tourism boom.

Nets, nylon bags and other trash were found stuck under the river.

Nets, nylon bags and other trash were found stuck under the river's surface.

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Trash mostly including plastic bottles and nylon bags often trap animals like this large frog, which was rescued by the volunteer team.

The United Nations Environment Program confirmed Vietnam as the world's fourth largest marine plastic polluter after China, Indonesia and the Philippines. The country dumps an average 300,000-700,000 tonnes of plastic waste into the ocean per year, accounting for 6 percent of the world's marine plastics.

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Nguyen Hai Tri Duc, 33, a member of the group, takes some minutes to pull a big tarpaulin from the mud.

The receding sunset tide habitually reveals piles of glass bottles and beer cans along the coast. The area is a convergence point of many beer joints operating near the embankment at night.                                

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Nguyen Van An, a member of Son Tra District's Youth Union, said: "There are fewer tourists than before due to the impacts of Covid-19, but Han River still suffers from waste polution. I'm very dissatisfied with people who directly litter the river. We hope locals can join hands to protect the environment."

After two hours of cleaning up, the volunteers transported garbage ashore and gathered them at the foot of the Dragon Bridge. It is estimated that nearly 100 kg of garbage were collected.

After two hours cleaning up, the volunteers collected the garbage at the foot of Dragon Bridge. It is estimated nearly 100 kg of trash were gathered.

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Volunteers later placed the garbage in public trash bins for transport to the Khanh Son landfill in Lien Chieu District, the only one in Da Nang City.

 
 
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