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Volunteer collects 300 bags of waste in two months on Lake Tisza

During the 1st Lake Tisza Plastic Cup, 32-year-old Bence Párdy got so outraged by the massive amount of waste covering the lake that after the Cup he left his job and moved to the side of the lake, where he has been collecting waste as a volunteer for over two months.

Previously, Bence worked as a waiter, but since 1 July he has been collecting waste around Lake Tisza as a volunteer, supported by donations. Along with support from his family and friends, he also gets a lot of help from the locals who were happy to see him. A company organising local hikes gave him a canoe, for instance, which makes his work much easier.

Photo: Facebook

The volunteer on Lake Tisza has collected 300 bags of waste in two months. In the last month, he cleaned an almost 8 km section of the lakeside near Tiszafüred. He plans to transport the waste collected to Kisköre, where he will dispose of it selectively with his fellow volunteers.

“I decided to return to the lake because during the Plastic Cup in June I saw that massive amounts of waste were left there despite the fact that we collected 3 tonnes. I had already known that the situation was desperate in the oceans. I wanted to help. Rivers all end in the oceans, so I am contributing indirectly to solving that problem, too,” the volunteer told the Hungarian news portal Index.

Bence Párdy has collected 300 bags of waste in two months Photo: Facebook

Source: Index.hu

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