President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih launched Saturday morning a nationwide clean-up programme as pledged in his first 100-day action plan.
The president joined senior government officials in sweeping up trash around the Maafannu sports complex in the capital. Members of civil society organisations and local businesses were also among the participants with Malé and its island suburbs divided into several zones.
Littering and trash is a particular issue in the overcrowded capital where garbage can often be seen heaped on the streets. The state waste management company began collection services in August last year in a renewed effort to tackle the long-standing trash problem.
Appealing for a minimal-waste lifestyle in his remarks at the launching ceremony, President Solih observed that household waste mostly consisted of single-use plastic such as packets and bags rather than organic waste.
“Waste disposal is a big social problem facing each island of the Maldives. As the solution to all such problems begin with individuals, the role and responsibility of individuals in this is very big,” he said.
“Garbage is spilling out to the beach, reef and lagoons due to the lack of mechanisms to safely dispose of waste produced on the island.”
Introducing an environment-friendly method of waste disposal was an important aim of his administration, he noted.
The Maldives could not reap the benefits of its natural beauty and pristine environment without keeping islands clean, he stressed, noting that the country boasted the world’s seventh largest coral reef system.
Malé City Mayor Shifa Mohamed urged government offices and companies to set aside one day of the month to clean up the congested capital island.
The per capita waste generation in Malé is estimated to be 1.7kg per day with an annual increase of four percent.
Waste collected from the capital is transported to the nearby landfill island of Thilafushi, where it is stockpiled and usually incinerated.
According to the environment ministry, some 255,826 metric tonnes of solid waste was generated in Malé in 2014, a 155 percent increase over the preceding decade.
"The beauty of our white sandy beaches, the crystal clear sea is in danger, littered with our trash. Let us manage our own waste as responsible citizens". – President H.E. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih#SaafuRaajje #AharengevesZinma #IAmResponsible pic.twitter.com/iOlbWir6te
— Environment.gov.mv (@EnvGovMv) December 8, 2018
— Presidency Maldives (@presidencymv) December 8, 2018
What a great honour to have participated in “Clean Maldives-My Responsibility” program launched by HE President @ibusolih today! It will no doubt have a huge positive impact on our health and environment and economy. pic.twitter.com/jmDvLbykVt
— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) December 8, 2018
Minister Shahid and staff of @MDVForeign participates in the National Cleanup Program under the 100 Days Action Plan of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
Clean Maldives – My Responsibility#SaafuRaajje #AharengevesZinma #IAmResponsible pic.twitter.com/VvSUww1lnK
— MFA Maldives (@MDVForeign) December 8, 2018
#SaafuRaajje #AharengevesZinma Male’ City Councillors and staff participating in todays cleaning event. cleaning is taking place in various areas of Male’, Villimale’ & Hulhumale’ pic.twitter.com/arnnWhqGJR
— Male' City Council (@MaleCitymv) December 8, 2018
ސާފު ރާއްޖެ – އަހަރެންގެވެސް ޒިންމާ pic.twitter.com/9VLT2VHper
— Ahmed Mahloof (@AhmedMahloof) December 8, 2018
"Saafu Raajje – Aharenege Zinma" Mi Namugai Mulhi Raajjeygai Kuriyahgendhaa Saafu Kurumuge Program gai Sifain Baiverivumuge Therein pic.twitter.com/4rzWLHD1x8
— MNDF (@MNDF_Official) December 8, 2018
— Min of Health_mv (@MoH_mv) December 8, 2018
We are supporting the nationwide cleanup program by the government. It's important we all make an effort to keep our country clean for our future generations.#ForTheOceans ❤️ 🌊 pic.twitter.com/m30VxFzimk
— Dhiraagu (@Dhiraagu) December 8, 2018
#Ooredoo volunteers in action at the #SaafuRajje #AharengevesZinma program. We must continue creating awareness on the importance of keeping our environment clean & incorporate these practices into our daily lives, taking it as an individual responsibility. pic.twitter.com/osoHoD3o1O
— Ooredoo Maldives (@OoredooMaldives) December 8, 2018
— Canopus Maldives (@CanopusMaldives) December 8, 2018
— Hassantay2019 (@HassantayMDP) December 8, 2018
— STO Plc (@sto_mkt) December 8, 2018
We are proud to be part of the official inauguration of the National Cleanup Program "SaafuRaajje – AharengevesZinma" under the 100 Days Action Plan of the President of the Maldives, His Excellency Ibrahim Mohamed Solih#SaafuRaajje #AharengevesZinma pic.twitter.com/Eb9LWK6XV4
— MIRA (@MIRAmaldives) December 8, 2018
— UNICEF Maldives (@UNICEFMaldives) December 8, 2018
— Allied Insurance (@alliedmv) December 8, 2018
Happening at N. Kudafaree. Scouts of 6th Noonu Atoll is in action@MinYouthSports @EnvGovMv @worldscouting @presidencymv @ScoutinginAPR @MaleCitymv @EducationMV @kudafareeschool @WAMCOmv @ScoutMessengers pic.twitter.com/7roScKjZoS
— ScoutMV (@ScoutsMaldives) December 8, 2018
— MaldivesNationalUni (@MNUedu) December 8, 2018
STELCO supporting the nationwide cleanup program. Let’s all make an effort to keep our country clean for the future generations. #saafuraajje #AharengevesZimmaa @HMughnee @EnvGovMv @DrHussainHassan pic.twitter.com/6X6NazM7db
— STELCO (@STELCOMALDIVES) December 8, 2018
Ukulhas community participated on the SaafuRaajje AharengevessZimma program. We thank the people of Ukulhas for the overwhelming interest on protecting the environment.#SaafuUkulhas#SaafuRaajje #SaafuRaajjeAharengevesZimma2018 pic.twitter.com/FlnklOgj9c
— Ukulhas Council (@UkulhasCouncil) December 8, 2018
— HA.Atoll Council (@Ha_AtollCouncil) December 8, 2018
Multi-sector & coordinated actions are essential to eliminate mosquito breeding sites & prevent Dengue-#SaafuRaajje an opportunity to join hands for Clean, Smart & Healthier Maldives @presidencymv @MoH_mv @HPA_MV @WAMCOmv @EnvGovMv @MaleCitymv pic.twitter.com/WYLL2VHn8A
— WHO Maldives (@WHOMaldives) December 8, 2018
In todays beach clean-up, 50 volunteers, in 2 hrs we managed to collect:
5 Jambo bags of plastic bottles.
3 Jambo bags of ghost gear.
2 jambo bags of metal
8 Jambo bags of other debris
we need a solution…@EnvGovMv@EPAMaldives@FishAgri @DrHussainHassan pic.twitter.com/5Y1oecZbCs
— IDEAS (@ideas_mv) December 8, 2018