Trash Hero Family Meeting

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After two and a half years of online meetings, this Trash Hero Family Meetings took place in person! The Family Meetings are their regular volunteer training and team-building events which celebrate achievements and facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and skills that will benefit both their community and the wider Trash Hero mission. In May, meetings were held in Czech Republic, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Across the 4 locations we had 183 participants from 80 chapters. Read more here.

Trash Hero Chapters have been hosting volunteer team building events

Trash Hero Chapters across the world have been hosting volunteer team building events since December 2021. They were given a budget and guidelines, but each had the freedom to plan whatever they felt suitable. The events included a zero waste camping trip, inviting community leaders to discuss reducing plastic in the area; mountain hikes; lobbying to reduce single-use plastic and brainstorming for future plans. So far 58 chapters have taken part in five countries, with 598 adults and 211 children. More events are being planned for later in the year.

Trash Hero World is honoured to have been granted formal consultative status at the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA)

UKSA women undertaking their Superyacht Cadetship

Trash Hero World is honoured to have been granted formal consultative status at the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA). This “observer status” is awarded through an accreditation from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment.
As an official observer, we are now among 500+ NGOs globally who can give input to policy discussions and participate in the UNEA sessions. With the announcement of a legally binding global plastics treaty at the recent UNEA-5.2 in Nairobi, it is a very exciting time to join and to be able to give voice to the needs and views of their grassroots volunteer network, many of whom are working on the frontline of the plastics crisis in Southeast Asia.

Trash Hero Czech Republic

UKSA women undertaking their Superyacht Cadetship

Trash Hero Czech Republic‘s Jan Bares met with the Czech Minister of the Environment, Anna Hubáčková, as part of a delegation from Zálohujme.cz, a campaign to introduce a nationwide deposit return system for cans and PET bottles. They presented the government with a petition of 35,596 signatures calling for the introduction of such a system which would massively improve recycling rates and support the introduction of reusable containers. Trash Hero Czech Republic chapters have been providing the campaign with data from their cleanups to show how many bottles and cans are currently ending up in nature.

Trash Hero Pattani in Thailand organised a “zero waste camping” trip

Bottled water impact on public health

Trash Hero Pattani in Thailand organised a “zero waste camping” trip for 125 local residents, putting the concepts of reducing and separating waste into action over a weekend of family fun activities. The trip generated only 40g of residual waste per person per day, compared to the typical 1.3kg daily average per capita in Thailand. Best of all, the volunteers were able to demonstrate to local people that zero waste is possible in all kinds of situations.

Trash Hero is proud to announce their 2021 results

Trash Hero picture of volunteers

Trash Hero is proud to announce their 2021 results of all the hard work volunteers have undertaken in 171 locations across 20 countries. From Dec 2013 – Dec 2021 they have mobilised 411,837 volunteers (including 103,510 children). Together, an incredible 14,91010 beach clean-ups have taken place, resulting in 2,154,143 kg of trash (of which there were 9,479 single-use masks) collected! The team have distributed 102,470 reusable bottles and 27,945 reusable bags – making great steps towards a cleaner world.

The Story of Stuff Project

Trash Hero has collaborated with The Story of Stuff Project to bring their excellent animated short movie about plastic to new audiences in Southeast Asia and further afield. The animation is based on the Emmy award-winning documentary “The Story of Plastic” and gives a simple yet powerful overview of the plastic crisis. Available to watch in Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Arabic and in English. Watch now.

Trash Hero Malaysia

Trash Hero Malaysia celebrated six years of continuous activity last month with a special birthday cleanup. The first action was held on the island of Langkawi on 18 October 2015. There are now 18 active chapters in the country, on both the mainland and in Borneo. Together they have collected almost 243 metric tons of waste at 1,864 cleanup events, involving 43,717 volunteers.

TRASH HERO Children’s Book

The Trash Hero children’s’ book has been translated into a sixth language – Malaysian! With the help of Trash Hero Malaysia volunteers,1000 children on both Borneo and mainland will soon get the chance to be heroes through the organisation’s hands-on learning programme. 17,830 copies of the book have been printed since its launch in 2018. It is currently also available in English, Thai, Indonesian, Malay, Burmese, Czech and German.