All The Disgusting Stuff You Find When Cleaning Up The Countryside In Malta

We spent the morning in Chadwick Lakes

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We woke up bright and early this morning to clean up Chadwick Lakes, following a report by Victoria Frendo that one of Malta's last untouched green areas is actually being used as a dump. Five of us gathered 13 garbage bags of litter, filling up the better part of a skip in less than two hours. This is what we found.

1. Lots of plastic bottles and cans

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2. Way too many wetwipes

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3. The most random of objects

Including the remains of an inflatable dinghy, soiled cammo shorts, shoes, viagra and condoms.

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4. Not enough bins

Only two bins in an area so full of rubbish that we filled 13 garbage bags.

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5. No signs reminding people not to litter

We really need something like this.

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6. Dead animal remains

Including a dog we found wrapped up in a garbage bag.

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7. Animal poo in plastic bags

You do realise the poo is better for the soil than a plastic bag right?

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It doesn't take a genius

8. Actual garbage bags

At least they've collected it for you. If only they disposed of it properly too.

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9. Buckets... Lots of buckets

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BONUS: Not enough helpers

Thanks to the brave few who joined us! To everyone else, we'd love for you to join us next time. We'd be able to get a lot more done with some extra pairs of hands.

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Sign up here to take part in future clean-ups around Malta and Gozo! It's an incredibly rewarding experience and it's a great way of becoming more conscious of about your own litter. It's also a good workout!

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Written By

Chris Peregin