Tommy Kleyn, a guy in the Netherlands, has showed us just how easy it is to volunteer in your community. He cleaned up a heavily polluted waterfront on his way to work, and all he had to do was wake up half an hour earlier every day until the trash was all gone.

After he posted the images on Facebook, he even got some help from his friends. All it took was filling up one garbage bag at a time until the work was done!

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“Everyday, I ride my bicycle to work along the river bank. It’s a nice route to ride, except for one part.”

“A stretch of the river bank is covered in plastic bottles and other pieces of (mainly) plastic trash.”

“This is the littered part”:

“The trash annoyed me very much, so, I decided to start picking them up.”

“It took me about 30 minutes to fill one garbage bag with trash.”

“But, one bag doesn’t really make a dent in an area as polluted as this.”

“I vowed to fill one bag of trash each day I passed the spot.”

“The area between the arrows was clean at this point. This is the progress made in only 6 days”

“I shared my experiences on Facebook and now, over 180 people ‘like’ the project”

“A lot of people were all like ‘There should be more people like you!'”

“And there were: this is my friend Rick helping out”

The Contrast

“The location was next to a bike path, and quite a few people got off their bikes and said what a great initiative this was.”

“The trash tried to communicate with me”

“The last garbage bag”

“In 22 bags of trash, this is the only item I deemed worth keeping.”

“The idea is to motivate people to fill one garbage bag with litter each year.”

“It only takes 30 minutes, it really makes a difference and you will be amazed about how good you’ll feel afterwards.”

“An Eurasian Coot started nesting in the part which I cleaned.”