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Give Us a Hand, Please!


Give Us a Hand, Please!

Rached Trimèche, a Tunisian decides to go on a crusade against 50 million plastic bottles! "A project for the environment: five million bottles to recycle" is the name of this environmental project that saw light in January 2010 at Ben Arous and has expanded throughout the entire country of Tunisia.

Children in front of the 1st recycling bin placed in Ben Arous - Un geste pour l'environnement: 1,000 Kiwanis CollectorsChildren in front of the 1st recycling bin placed in Ben Arous - Un geste pour l'environnement: 1,000 Kiwanis CollectorsThe Kiwanis Club,  global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time, and the Tunisian medical body sponsored this event with great enthusiasm and encouragement from the ministries of Public Health and the Environmental departments of Tunisia in Tunis.

February 11, 2010 - Inauguration of the Kiwanis recycling bin facing the children's club on 'Avenue de France', by Mr. Fares, Mayor of the 'arrondissement' of Ben Arous. 622 bottles were expected to be collected by the Youth club.February 11, 2010 - Inauguration of the Kiwanis recycling bin facing the children's club on 'Avenue de France', by Mr. Fares, Mayor of the 'arrondissement' of Ben Arous. 622 bottles were expected to be collected by the Youth club.Fifty million plastic bottles are thrown away every year in Tunisia. They pile up in the garbage cans and even worse, they clutter streets, forests, beaches and even the seas. The time that it would take to undo the consequences of this irresponsible behavior from all of us could take at least 450 years, not to mention the horrific destruction of wildlife, plants, animals, and the fish of the sea.

Dr. Rached Trimèche. "The Kiwanis Collector of the Sport Association Sport For All, is in place.Dr. Rached Trimèche. "The Kiwanis Collector of the Sport Association Sport For All, is in place.In front of this dramatic environmental situation, there stands Rached Trimèche, a pharmacist of Ben Arous, a man of great conscience and a world traveler, who decided one day to begin his crusade as a good citizen by offering the possibility of something tangible to the citizens of “Tunisia by installing in each area of the town of Ben Arous large metallic bins to recycle empty plastic bottles.

The Trimèche Pharmacy's employees looking after the 1st bin of the Kiwanis recycling campaign. This is the 4th time that the bin is full within 60 days with over 1000 plastic bottles each time.The Trimèche Pharmacy's employees looking after the 1st bin of the Kiwanis recycling campaign. This is the 4th time that the bin is full within 60 days with over 1000 plastic bottles each time.Based on the volunteer work of one person, who with great humility, wished to help preserve the environment  by raising 150 to 200 DT (100 to 150 US dollars) for the making of one recycle bin, this action was duplicated 90 times all over town. And, now they are already recycling nearly 124.000 bottles per week. A voluntary association empties the bins to deliver them to the National agency of garbage management (ANGED), who then recycles them.

Neighbors in front of Recycling Bin (Collector) #6 located near the Environment Boulevard behind the town hall. This is the 2nd time this bin is being emptied with about 950 bottles.Neighbors in front of Recycling Bin (Collector) #6 located near the Environment Boulevard behind the town hall. This is the 2nd time this bin is being emptied with about 950 bottles.Such a simple and accessible service, supported by everyone, encourages, not only the reduction of pollution but by increasing the awareness of a strong and clear message through the campaign that the preservation of the environment is everyone's business, has had remarkable success.  Assisted by the great work of two schools every week and the continual request to many economic entities, Dr Trimèche, hopes to reach his objective of installing 1,000 recycling bins all over the city.

1000 bottles per bin once a week. All volunteers are very proud of their effort and great service they are providing to the city of Ben Arous.1000 bottles per bin once a week. All volunteers are very proud of their effort and great service they are providing to the city of Ben Arous.However, there is one dark side to this operation, the economic world still resists in getting involved, in what has become today a clear image; as an eco-responsible strategy. The manufacturers of mineral water and other beverages whose activities are mainly responsible for this garbage, refuse to back up such action, therefore when it is our full responsibility as citizens to make sure that it is done; we must send a clear message to all the companies and organizations who are looking to create a green image, to offer their full support to this environmental campaign.

The location of this bin is: 26, Avenue Bourguiba 2013 Ben Arous, Tunisia. 1002 plastic bottles to be recycled in this Kiwanis blue recycle bin which is 1m/1,5m W x 1,5m H.The location of this bin is: 26, Avenue Bourguiba 2013 Ben Arous, Tunisia. 1002 plastic bottles to be recycled in this Kiwanis blue recycle bin which is 1m/1,5m W x 1,5m H.Meanwhile whether or not big businesses offer their full support we are counting on each responsible citizen to become involved. This recycling campaign 2010 is open to everyone (individuals, enterprises, associations, schools...) Please, give a helping hand to the environment; if you haven’t done so already, and install a recycling bin near your home!

If you wish to help this environmental campaign, please contact: Rached Trimèche at cigv-hq@planet.tn

A big BRAVO to all the volunteers of this beautiful  Environmental Campaign, from Treasures of Wonderment!

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