Cleaning Up Selander Bridge

At the end of March, Nipe Fagio was part of a collaborative day of action to clean up the protected mangrove forest around Selander Bridge, along Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road. Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciencees (MUHAS) volunteers, the University Nursing Students’ Association of Tanzania (UNSATA), Nipe Fagio and Illala Municipality for a day of action - 100 volunteers in total - collecting 232 bags of trash weighing more than 2,320kg!

The event was organised by Dr Anne Outwater - Head of Department of Community Health Nursing at MUHAS. After sampling the rubbish collected, the top five items collected were flip flops (with an estimated 9,080 contained within the total collection, based on figures from the sample); plastic bags (4,540); plastic bottle caps (4,540), shoes (2,225) and glass bottles (1,816)! Flip flops and plastic bags made up more than half of the total rubbish collected - with other items such as condoms, medicines, aerosal cans, syringes and electric bulbs also present. As well as dealing with man-made waste, Dr Outwater drew attention to the precious ecosystem and showed volunteers invasive cacti, pulling them out and replanting indigenous wetland plants. The day was a successful demonstration that together, we can help to take responsibility and change behaviour!

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