ASTANA – A nationwide nature clean-up campaign dubbed the No Littering in Nature ended on Oct. 29, involving more than 847,000 people after collecting and sorting more than 30,000 tons of waste, reported the Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources.
Up to 5,500 tons of glass, 9,200 tons of plastic, 3,100 tons of rubber, 4,400 tons of paper and cardboard, and 2,700 tons of metal were sent for processing.
The campaign, initiated by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, started on Oct. 8. Its goal is to raise public awareness about the contamination of forest plantations and recreation areas.
It also promotes environmental protection and urges people to live in harmony with nature.
Local executive bodies in the regions made a list of the most contaminated areas. They cleaned them in four stages with the help of volunteers, eco-activists and representatives of businesses and state agencies.