Singapore has been dubbed the ‘Garden City,’ and for good reason. You might think of endless skyscrapers when you picture its landscape, but now developers are bringing nature into the city on an ever-increasing scale.
The Global Fight Against Litter
Starting this month, in San Jose the authorities will pay 25 homeless citizens $15 per hour to pick up litter around 40 of their litter hotspots, this not only helps with the litter problem but also helps the homeless people to start to turn their lives around.
Over 100 volunteers including pupils and staff from local businesses helped clean up a beach in Dubai to mark the 10th World Clean Up Day. A team of snorkellers also joined the pick to clear litter from the waters, during the pick the volunteers picked up more than 60kg of rubbish.
Back in June community groups across the city came together to tackle the big problem blighting the landscape in Philadelphia. During a 2 week blitz communities took down over 8500 signs, including fliers and adverts. The signs that were removed are going to be used by local artists and designers to create something useful and better to look at.
Malborough, in New Zealand has the lowest amounts of litter across New Zealand, despite this good news, the town centre litter is increasing despite the council installing large amounts of litter bins. The stats for this town say that there is roughly around 15 items of litter per 1000 sqm even though there is a bin every 20 metres.
The Taj Mahal is one of 100 monuments in India that is set to go litter-free to help tackle the plastic pollution in the cities of Agra and Beyan, authorities at the Taj and other monuments will segregate plastic waste for recycling and advise visitors on how they can help tackle plastic pollution.
Mercer County in West Virginia have been given an achievement award for their campaign Love Where You Live, Keep Mercer Clean, this is awarded to programmes that improve services for it's residents.
Take 3 is a non profit organisation with the aim to reduce plastic pollution and increas the recycling of plastic products through education and action. They encourage people to take 3 pieces of rubbish away with them when they visit the beach.