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Plastic Cup Competition Participants Clean River Tisza of 8.2 Tonnes of Waste

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.08.11.

Participants in this year’s Plastic Cup (PET Kupa) have collected 8.2 tonnes of waste along an 80-kilometers-long section of the water and floodplains of the Tisza river flowing to Hungary from Ukraine and Romania, the event’s organizers said on Monday.

The waste containing plastic bottles, bottle caps, polypropylene wrapping material, glass and metal was collected and selected into bags with help of volunteers already on board of vessels between the border town of Záhony and Rakamaz. This section of the river was cleaned three years ago for the last time, according to the organizers.

photo: Attila Balázs/MTI

Around half of the waste can be recycled, even as components of vessels used by Cup participants next time, when they will cleaning sections of the Tisza river again.

Chief patron of the Cup is President János Áder, while its main sponsor is the Ministry of Innovation and Technology.

featured photo: Attila Balázs/MTI