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South Korea mayor dumps ton of trash on beach for clean-up day

/ 01:34 PM September 27, 2019
South Korea mayor dumps ton of trash on beach for clean-up day

In this file photo, trash left by tourists spoil the white sand beach of Sta. Fe on Bantayan Island in Cebu province. But in South Korea, a mayor dumped a ton of trash on the pristine sand of Jindo beach so environmental campaigners have something to pick up on their clean-up activity to mark International Coastal Cleanup Day – an annual global event that fell on September 21 this year (2019). — LITO TECSON/CEBU DAILY NEWS

SEOUL — A South Korean mayor who dumped a ton of trash on a clean beach to give environmental campaigners something to pick up has said sorry for his deception.

Officials trucked in litter and waste that had already been collected from rubbish-strewn coasts and scattered it all over the pristine sand of southwest Jindo.

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The following day hundreds of volunteers scoured the shores and bagged up the garbage as part of an event to mark International Coastal Cleanup Day, a global event aimed at countering the scourge of sea-borne waste.

“We brought in waste styrofoam and other coastal trash gathered from nearby areas so the 600 participants could carry out clean-up activities,” said Lee Dong-jin, Jindo county mayor, in a statement.

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His office apologized for causing trouble and said the event was meant to “raise awareness about the seriousness of coastal waste”.

Lee said all the litter had been retrieved and taken care of “100 percent.” He said none had entered the ocean and there had been “no secondary pollution”.

International Coastal Cleanup Day – which this year fell on September 21 – is one of the largest global movements for oceanic preservation.

Volunteers in around 100 countries took part this year, with beaches in Thailand, Hawaii, Israel, and the Philippines also included. /kga

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