Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV) companies this morning teamed up with the local community to clean up the country’s beaches from trash and debris.
A total of 6.5 tonnes of rubbish were collected through the cleanup which covered a total area of 5km stretch coastline for all sites.
The focal locations were at Jerudong beach and Muara beach in Brunei-Muara, and Silver Jubilee Park beach, W10 beach and Sungai Liang Recreational Park beach in Belait district.
More than 800 volunteers comprising of government and private sectors, students, BSJV business partners, families and members of the public were involved in all five locations for the cleanup.
The annual initiative was held in conjunction with the International Coastal Clean-Up.
The project was led by Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP), Brunei LNG and Brunei Shell Marketing along with Brunei Gas Carriers (BGC) and other stakeholders in Brunei-Muara and Belait districts’ beaches.
“Huge priority for our company is the environment. We have the honour to work and live in this district and how can we play our part with the community in the community is to keep the environment as beautiful as possible,” said BSP Managing Director Dr Ceri M Powell, who led the cleanup at the Silver Jubilee Park beach.
Dr Powell, who has been serving in Brunei since March 2017, has been passionate in taking part in beach cleanup events since her first campaign with BSP at Panaga Beach.
“I think it would be wonderful if different community could lead efforts and it could be part of something that we do every month or every six weeks. And that will enable us to keep our beaches as clean as possible,” said Dr Powell, who is also Shell Country Chair for Brunei for BSJV companies.
Also supporting the campaign was Green Brunei led by the non-governmental organisation co-founder and Community Engagement Director Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa Hj Ash’ari.
“This is the first time for us to work with BSP and to be in Belait as well. Most of our events have always been done in the Brunei-Muara district. A whole nation approach doesn’t have to be localised as we all can come from different organisations, groups and societies to help beautify Brunei,” said the Legislative Council member.
For his part, as one of the participating agencies, the chief executive officer of Serikandi Group of Companies Sheikh Hj Khalid Sheikh Hj Ahmad said that such initiative should be encouraged and prolonged in the community.
“We welcome such initiative from any parties and I thought that it should be ongoing. Keeping the environment clean and healthy is our responsibility as citizens, it starts from us,” said Sheikh Hj Khalid.
“Our beach is much cleaner now as the cleanliness is maintained due to frequent clean-ups held in previous months,” he added.
Other participating parties and representatives at the other beaches include Belait Acting District Officer Ridzuan Hj Ahmad, BruWILD, Straw Wars Borneo, Bwn Café Hoppers and Poni Divers.
The International Coastal Clean-Up is a worldwide campaign observed in September annually.
The programme was first initiated by the Ocean Conservancy with the aim to engage the global community to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways.