To kick off the new year Eco Surf Rescue a program by R.O.L.E. Foundation held a community based clean up, the event was a huge success with over 100 eager participants patrolling Sawangan beach between 7.30 am to 9.30 am on 11th January in Nusa Dua. It was amazing to share this morning with so many like minded and passionate people from far and wide. A huge appreciation for the support of local industries including hands falls of participants from Bali Wise students, SD Two Benoa Elementary school students, Swiss Bell Hotel, Royal Santrian, Bye Bye Plastic Bags, Nusa Dua Beach Grill, our own staff of ROLE Foundation and our event partners Hilton Hotel. Huge thanks to Hilton Hotel, who got on board and offered everyone refreshments after an active morning. Despite the downpour, there were lots of smiles involved collecting 182 kg of nonorganic waste.

R.O.L.E. Foundation further opened their grounds to the public where we displayed and offered a tour throughout all of our working workshops involving a station where we showed the community how we sort out the collected waste, as well as soap and paper upcycling, jamu, traditional weaving, composting and environmental education. This was a great opportunity for R.O.L.E. Foundation to network and build relationships with organizations with similar visions and passions to us, such as Tri-upcycle, Yasminda, and Pineapple House. It was a great opportunity to also introduce our latest addition to the eco park (sponsored by The Island Tattoo Connection) a plastic recycling machine.

Alongside having an educational Saturday morning the data we collected shows that it was mainly soft plastics collected such as crisp packets, sweet wrappers etc. We also realized in 2020 we need to focus on educating the local communities as most of the participants were local school children and locals who were unaware of the importance of a beach clean up and the impact plastic has on our environment.