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12:00 AM, December 14, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, December 14, 2018

BUILDING A CLEAN NATION

Crushed cola tin cans, battered plastic bottles, pieces of worn out paper and rotten pieces of expired food – these elements not only ruin the beauty of our city, but also bring about many diseases such as diarrhoea, flu, and cholera, to name a few.  With pollution being one of the prime drawbacks in our way to a well-built society, BD Clean aims to clean not only Dhaka, but the whole nation.

14,000 BD Clean members work voluntarily, with their sets of mops and brooms, to clean dustbins, streets, school buildings and any other places where humps of dirt have piled up. “In June 2016, I saw a picture of a rubbish heap outside the dustbin and could not bear to look at it. Even though there was a dustbin just around the corner, poly bags full of rotten food and other wastes were just lying around openly on the streets,” says BD Clean's founder, Farid Uddin, upon asking about how they came up with the initiative's vision.

BD Clean has been working for the last two years in 48 districts, including Dhaka. Every weekend, the volunteers gather up and set off to their cleaning mission in Cumilla, Tangail, Narayanganj and many other cities across the country. Besides cleaning the dustbins and streets, they also take rotations, creating awareness about cleanliness in different places.

They also carry out sessions to increase awareness about safe disposal of wastage in the areas they work in. BD Clean also helps to facilitate dustbins with the help of the Dhaka City Corporation.

BD Clean operates through different teams specifically opted for their respective areas, communicating with the inhabitants of Tangail and Gopalganj. Today, they have earned the title of one of the best youth social welfare teams in the country.

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