About 1,000 people joined a massive beach clean-up in southern Vietnam’s Vung Tau City on Sunday as the city looks to restore its beaches to their original beauty.
The 1.2-kilometer length of Bai Sau (Back Beach) and polluted areas of Hon Ba Shrine, Nghinh Phong Park and September 2 Street in the city were also among the locations being cleaned by the team of volunteers.
The clean-up team consisted of city youths, civil servants, officials, military men as well as employees of hotels and resorts in the areas, who were mobilized by the People’s Committee of Vung Tau to take part in the drive.
By noon, as much as 40 cubic meters of garbage had been collected, reinvigorating previously contaminated areas.
Truong Thi Huong, deputy chairwoman of the Vung Tau administration, said the city would be holding regular clean-up activities every month and were looking for cooperation from local authorities and businesses.
Huong said the activity would improve the city’s appeal and raise awareness of environmental protection among locals and tourists alike.
Last year, the city banned all forms of eating and drinking at its beaches in a move to combat widespread littering.
Situated about 100 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau is a popular getaway destination for southerners thanks to its beautiful beaches and fresh seafood, but catering activities had badly polluted its beaches prior to the ban.