CSR Activities

2017 Coastal Clean-Up Day

Coastal Clean-Up Day is founded by the Ocean Conservancy in 1986. Every year, volunteers from around the world clean the beaches on the third Saturday in September. They record the quantity and types of trash picked up from each beach and integrate the statistics from all over the world. They aim to find solutions of coastal waste from education and governmental policies.

Continuing last year’s mission, this year, Good Way held its own coastal clean-up event, with 40 employees and their families on 9/16. Good Way’s volunteers cleaned up the beach in Sha-zhu Bay in Jing-Shan to protect the beautiful coast line.

The forty volunteers consisted of Good Way’s employees and their families divided into 5 groups. The team members picked up trash and categorize them while the team leaders recorded the quantity and types of trash. Almost 70 kg of coastal trash was picked up in 40 minutes. We found a lot of trash which are one-time disposals, such as plastic eating utensils, plastic cups, straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam floating balls for fishing. The most shocking item was a big quantity of lighters. These items would cause the death of animals in the sea if they accidentally swallow these items. The plastic crumbles would also cumulate and cyclize to become the food on our table, causing harm to our health.

After the clean-up event, one of the GW’s employees, Victoria, expressed her feelings towards the volunteering activity, “Coastal clean-up is very meaningful. We only need to do a little to make the beach clean. Theses trash that can’t be dissolved is seriously doing a great damage to the ocean. Kuma from our department also brought his siblings to the clean-up. Education is very important. The concept of environmental protection should be educated when little. Grown-ups should set an example for the kids. When I see the children picking up trash with their determined faces, I was very touched. If children can protect the environment, we grown-ups should be able to do more!”

Another employee, Jessie, said, “I found a lot of needles. My sister and I were thinking maybe they were from people who do drugs. We were scared. The most shocking thing is that there was crumbles of Styrofoam everywhere. If fishes or shrimps eat them, humans end up eating and getting seafood and getting the most harm out of it.

Employee Vicky also said, “I attended this event with my husband. He said that he didn’t have to move, just bent down and dig in the sand, then you’ll get lots of trash. This is outrageous! Our group picked up a lot of household items, such as flower pots, straws, containers of detergent…etc. These items should not appear on the beach. I look at these trashes and I reflect on how much trash I make in a day. I used to buy fruits packed in plastic boxes during lunch time, now I bring fruits from home. I hope I can decrease the usage of plastic bags and packs every day.

Employee Entien said, “We found a lot of straws this time. I remember watching a video online. A sea turtle accidentally sucked in a straw with his nose. It is when you actually come to the beach to do the clean-up, you realized how much damage humans are causing. I sincerely recommend relevant governmental unit to promote the usage of eco-bags and reusable straws to make the environment better!”

Employee Pin, said, “I’m thankful to have this opportunity to the coastal clean-up. Typhoon brought a lot of trash here. You can’t clean all these trashes in one day. I really recommend people to come and clean up the ocean. I hope to bring the concept of environment protection to more people with actions.

Results of Monitor (Total weight: 70 kg)

Items from coastal tourism and daily life

Plastic bags or paper bags

26

Plastic drink bottles

44

Pet Bottles

215

To-go cups and lids

232

 

Item from activities on sea and ships

Light bulbs and tubes

3

Fishing equipment
(bait buoy with wrapping)

28

Styrofoam for fishing (float balls/buoys)

55

Ropes and wrapping tapes

33

 

Medical and personal hygiene

Syringes and Needles

13

Cigarettes

1

Lighters

166

 

Other disposals

Home appliances

2

Non-food bottles and cans

16

Toothbrushes

6

Shoes

21

Straws

114

 

The monitoring records of coastal clean-up will also be reported back to ICC(International Coastal Cleanup) by Northern Kuan Bureau and Jing Shan Cleanup Team. Good Way hopes bring the participants to contemplate on the issues of environmental protection. We wish to execute the 5R actions in life:
Reduce : Reduce the amount of waste created
Reuse : Reuse the same containers or products
Repair : Repair and maintain what can be used to elongate the life span of objects.
Refuse : Refuse to use products that are not eco-friendly
Recycle : Use recycled products

Northern Coastal line and Mt. Kanon National Park Management Bureau invite everyone to clean up the beaches. You only need five people to apply. Northern Coastal Line Bureau will provide utensils such as gloves, clippers, trash bags,…etc., as well as picking up the trash. You are welcome to join the deed!
For details, please see: http://www.northguan-nsa.gov.tw/cleanup/beach/index.aspx