Tons of garbage cleared as Vietnam observes world coastal cleanup day

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Volunteers collect garbage from a beach in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on International Coastal Cleanup Day, which is observed on the third Saturday of every September.

More than 850 youths joined the world sea cleanup day in the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Saturday, collecting 3.8 tons of garbage from beaches.

Do Hoang Tram, one of the first participants of the International Coastal Cleanup Day in Vietnam, said the program has helped her adopt several positive habits such as dumping waste at designated spots and limiting the use of plastic bags.

"I hope that in the coming years the program will be enlarged into a national event. Everyone needs to be responsible for protecting the sea environment," she told Tuoi Tre in a Saturday report.

The cleanup was the third organized in the province by the American Chamber of Commerce and chip maker Intel Vietnam.

Many local children were given gloves to join the job.

The special day was initiated by Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit organization, in 1986. It takes place on every third Saturday of September and has become one of the world's biggest voluntary events for sea protection.

Figures last year showed the day was joined by more than nine million people from 152 countries and territories, who collected more than 72,500 tons of garbage from areas around oceans, rivers and lakes.

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