Friday, 5 August 2016 - 15:50
"Amsterdam Clean" boat to take part in a cleaner Canal Parade
For the first time this year, an "Amsterdam Clean" boat will be taking part in the Canal Parade for Pride Week, the municipality of Amsterdam announced. The aim is to call on visitors not to leave their garbage on the street so that the Canal Parade can be an as clean experience as possible. This Amsterdam Clean boat is a joint initiative by the Municipality of Amsterdam, WASTED, Plastic Soup Foundation and Plastic Whale. These parties have been working all together all through EuroPride to ensure that the city stays as clean as possible. Plastic Whale volunteers will sale along with the parade and hand out hundreds of nets and garbage bags to spectators and houseboat residents, thereby asking them to help clear the canals of plastic. WASTED and the Plastic Soup Foundation are deploying so-called WASTED Soldiers to take garbage from party goers. Party goers will receive a "coin" in exchange for each full bag of trash. This coin can be exchanged for a bathroom visit or a drink. There will also be 1,000 additional bins throughout the city for the Canal Parade on Saturday. After the parade 60 men and women of the municipal cleaning department will start cleaning the city. On Sunday Plastic Whale is holding the annual event "Pride Plastic Fishing". Some 200 volunteers on 16 barges will work until the canals are plastic-free.