“Clean Green Sunday”

“Clean Green Sunday”

If one has lived or travelled in developing countries one is often struck by the amount of trash tDSC_5477hat seems to be everywhere. City governments around the world are overwhelmed by the natural waste, much less the non-biodegradeable waste that piles up every day. Traveling through a country like India can often be a depressing experience, simply seeing the amount of plastic rubbish on the side of every street.

Vietnam seems different. The government puts a huge effort into cleaning up trash as a public health campaign. Every night neighbors bring out their waste to the curb when they heaDSC_5459r a bell ring. A trash collector, often a woman, comes by with a cart and collects the trash, separating out the biodegradable and recyclable from the non-recyleable. The carts go around every neighborhood in every major city; when they are full they are dumped into garbage trucks and taken out of the city. Another woman comes and sweeps the street clean – every morning.

A bit of propaganda doesn’t hurt either. In the neighborhood in which we are staying I saw the following sign.      A rough translation is that “Hai Chau District actively implements the ‘Clean GreenIMG_2750 Sunday’ movement.” I’m not sure exactly what that is, but it sounds like a government attempt to convince the people that they must all participate in keeping their neighborhoods looking nice.  Things could be worse.












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Ken Friesen