Surprise! You can recycle all your plastic bottles with a Tiziana Giampia team

Tiziana Giampia and her team helped dozens of people who had made a similar offer to give away all the plastic they owned to a community center that was paying for the distribution, according…

Surprise! You can recycle all your plastic bottles with a Tiziana Giampia team

Tiziana Giampia and her team helped dozens of people who had made a similar offer to give away all the plastic they owned to a community center that was paying for the distribution, according to a tweet by CNN’s Melissa Clay. She notes that the South Asian island nation is a known plastic-pollution hotspot and that the project in Bali came from a real-life test case.

“We identified three locations in Sabang, Bogor and some places in Bali that have high levels of plastic pollution,” she told CNN in April. “We could see the plastic was contaminating water sources and that our relationship with nature was being damaged.”

They identified three locations in Sabang, Bogor and some places in Bali that have high levels of plastic pollution. We could see the plastic was contaminating water sources and that our relationship with nature was being damaged. How do we fight plastic pollution in one of the cleanest places on earth? #CNNhero pic.twitter.com/Krt34zIVKr — Melissa Clay (@melissaclay) April 23, 2018

Giampia’s team started by collecting bottles from home that they were good to give away, she told CNN. She says she has never collected mountains of discarded plastic. “We built a home in the process of collecting.” After “chewed through” a limited supply of empty bottles, they began using makeshift tubes to carry them to community centers, Clay said.

“Of course, we knew it would be a massive undertaking,” Giampia said. “But for me, this is the core of what I do. I love animals and I work with animals all the time. The turtles need food and they need to be rescued and protected. I love my dogs and my husband loves them. So, for me, I don’t see anything so dirty as a plastic bottle.”

Giampia encourages people to share the #CNNhero page on social media.

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