On the way back to Nha Trang City after a sightseeing trip in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Duong Thanh Xuan, aged 34, and her boyfriend stopped their motorbike at the Khanh Le Mountain Pass to collect plastic waste bottles and cans as they felt seeing so much trash was 'unbearable.'
Around one week after returning home from the trip, in spite of her suntanned hands, Xuan is still happy about her good behavior, cleaning a section of the pass.
Her post about the waste-collecting story on Facebook received many compliments and love reactions.
Xuan said that she intended to pick up waste on her previous motorcycle journey to Da Lat, a resort town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
“At that time, on the way to the city and back home, I saw a great deal of waste at the pass, but no one collected it," she recounted.
|Despite their weariness and suntanned skin, Duong Thanh Xuan and her companion are happy with their action to make Khanh Le Mountain Pass cleaner.|
“As such, I was determined that I would stop to clean up the pass within my capability during my next trip if the pass was lined with waste.
"On April 24, when traveling to Da Lat, I saw a lot of garbage scattered on the Khanh Le Mountain Pass, with the middle of the pass having the most."
Her intention of arriving in Da Lat and asking for some bags was wholeheartedly supported by her companion.
On the morning of April 25, on their way back home, they stopped in the middle of the pass.
They started to use tools to collect plastic waste bottles and cans of beer and soft drinks, and then loaded the bags of these cans and bottles on the rear seat of the motorcycle.
Other types of waste were stacked into piles as they were too heavy to carry.
|They hope that there will not be much waste at the pass and no one will drop litter to make the route more beautiful and reduce the workload for sanitation workers.|
“Initially, we planned to give these bottles and cans to nearby residents, but some local residents handed us several when seeing us collecting the waste," Xuan said.
“Along the road, we saw no scrap purchasing stores, so we decided to carry the bags home.
"Besides, two youngsters pursued us and gave us a bin containing beer cans, saying that they had drunk these cans but did not know where to discarded them."
Due to their stopovers to collect waste, their 170-kilometer-long journey from Da Lat to Nha Trang was extended to eight hours instead of the usual 3.5 hours.
They picked up waste on a total section of a mere 70 kilometers.
“We could not collect waste on the entire route as we were not strong enough, while the motorcycle does not have much room to carry it,” she said, adding that it is often cool at the pass, but on that day, they had to struggle with scorching weather and, as a result, had their skin tanned.
|All of the bottles and cans collected at Khanh Le Mountain Pass by Duong Thanh Xuan and her boyfriend.|
“We were tired only when squashing the cans in order to carry more. This job weakened us, so we squashed a few cans only," said the 34-year-old.
“However, we felt extremely happy to make the pass cleaner.
"While collecting waste, we met some traffic police officers and they helped us tie the bags and wished us a pleasant and safe trip.
“I hope that I will not see much waste at the pass on my next trip and no one will drop litter to make the route more beautiful and reduce the workload for sanitation workers."