Dutch man felt annoyed with the trash alongside the daily route to work and he did something that surprised everyone


Tommy Kleyn from the Netherlands loves to ride his bicycle to his work every morning. The morning air is fresh, the route is beautiful except for the river bank. It was covered with trash and plastic bottles! So, one day, he decided to volunteer to clean up the polluted river bank by filling one garbage bag every morning until the river bank is free from trash.

The polluted river bank he passes by on his way to work everyday

There were many plastic trash and  food snack packaging alongside the river bank

The red line was the polluted area

“The trash annoyed me very much, so, I decided to start picking them up.” Tommy picking up trash and filled them into a garbage bag

In just half an hour, he managed to fill a bag with trash 

Tommy said that just one garbage bag was not enough, he needed to do this everyday 

So, he did! The next day, he did the same thing; he took one garbage bag with him to the river bank and filled it with the trash he picked up

It took him less than a week to clean up the river bank. “The area between the arrows was clean at this point. This is the progress made in only 6 days”, he said

One garbage bag at a time keeps the trash away

His project has received an overwhelming positive response from the public with over 6,000 likes on the project’s Facebook page

His friend, Rick was helping him out

The ‘before’ image of the river bank

Tommy said he wasn’t the only one felt annoyed with the rubbish. The track he used to ride his bicycle to work every day is also used by many people so they really like it when Tommy started the project

Insert + Escape + Trash

The last garbage bag he filled with trash 

Out of 22 garbage bags, this was the only thing that Tommy felt worth to keep

He said the project wanted to inspire the public to pick up trash and be aware of the pollution

Look at how different the river bank looks after the trash is gone!

An Eurasian coot started to build her nestle as soon as the area is cleaned

Tommy said that it was not hard to keep the area clean. All he needed to do was just to fill one garbage bag at a time with the trash. Sounds easy right? Maybe we can start to do the same and try not to litter from now on, shall we?

Photo credit: Facebook Project Shone Schie


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