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Three-day enviro-marathon: The Bodrog River is more than 6 tons of waste cleaner

Volunteers from various parts of eastern Slovakia but also from Hungary participated in the the Bodrog River clean-up and its surroundings on the Slovak and Hungarian side.

Groups of volunteers collected waste from a canoe, as well as on foot from the mainland near the rivers. In addition to the couch, building materials, tires, a refrigerator, bicycle parts as well as the remains of dead animals were found in the river, which can be dangerous due to possible water contamination. In three days, with the help of more than 100 volunteers, we managed to collect more than 6 incredible tons of waste.

Monday clean-up began in the village of Zemplín and continued through Ladmovce to Streda nad Bodrogom. The next day, the waste was collected on the route from Streda nad Bodrogom to Borša, from where the participants reached the village of Alsóberecki in Hungary along the river. On the last day, this three-day enviro-marathon continued towards Sárospatak.

The collected waste was sorted every day into PET bottles, metals, glass, polyethylene, municipal waste and caps from PET bottles. The largest piece of waste was a couch set, which the volunteers managed to catch out of the water.

The event was organized in cooperation with the Slovak Water Management Company – Bodrog river management  and river rafting Agency within the Tid(y)Up project, which is funded by the Danube Transnational Programme.

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Project Tid(y)Up is an international environmental project led by the main partner from Hungary, where in cooperation with other foreign partners we try to reduce water pollution and thus improve water quality in the Tisza River (Bodrog River is its tributary) and the lower Danube River.

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