The National Environment Cleaning Authority (NECA) in collaboration with different stakeholders marked World Clean-Up Day 2022, by organising, on 17 September 2022, anti-littering eco-trek activities in five different regions of Mauritius to sensitise the population on anti-littering habits in nature for a waste-free and sustainable future.
Around 800 participants including youngsters were present at the following sites: Petrin to Plaine Champagne; Mare Longue; Mon Desert Mon Trésor to La Cambuse Public Beach; Le Morne; and Flacq. The aim of the eco-trek activities is to engage people to tackle mismanaged waste issue.
As part of NECA’s initiatives, different types of waste including plastic, cans, were collected at these sites. The total waste amounted to 460 kgs, as follows:
- Mare Longue: plastic collected amounted to 540 kgs; 320 kgs of cans and; 920 kgs of general waste
- La Cambuse: 200 kgs of plastic; 360 kgs of cans; and 400 kgs of general waste
- Petrin-Plaine Champagne: 116 kgs of plastic; 26.6 kgs of cans; 123 kgs of general trash; 13 kgs of paper; 181.5 kgs of bulky waste comprising tyres.
The NECA is responsible for the development of a National Cleaning and Embellishment Strategy with an Action Plan to embellish and clean the country with relevant Ministries and other stakeholders.
It also has as objectives to identify and prioritise sites to be kept clean and embellished as well as supervising the implementation of cleaning and embellishment programmes.