Rada Wangmo and Pema Choden | Interns

Around 330 people are cleaning the country as part of the ‘Tendrel for Environment’ competition launched on December 25 of last year.

The nine-week long competition has 22 groups of people with 15 members across all 20 dzongkhags conducting various cleaning campaigns.

The cleaning competition is a collaboration among Dzongkhai Rigtsel, Songyala Trotoen, and Bumrip Creations Productions.

Thimphu dzongkhag’s team leader, Kinzang Wangmo, said she participated in the competition hoping she could contribute to the country’s initiative to solve waste-related problems.

She said the Thimphu team has been cleaning Simtokha dzong and advocating waste management to the monks. “We have also collected waste from hills and thorny bushes. People should not dump their waste everywhere.”

Trongsa dzongkhag’s team leader, Tshering, who is a student at the College of Language and Cultural Studies, said their objective is to make people aware of waste management and achieve zero waste by 2030. “We also want to keep Trongsa clean.”

The ‘Tendrel for Environment’ coordinator, Sonam Dorji, said the project is expected to keep the country clean, raise awareness, and encourage people to take responsibility for their own garbage.

He said the public could support the initiative by giving them Nu 108 for 12 months. “The fund will be used for a subscription on the Songyala OTT platform.”

Meanwhile, the results of the cleaning competition will be determined based on cleaning activities, speeches members deliver, and creating public awareness.

The winners will be awarded Nu 1 million, Nu 700,000, and 500,000.

The team leader will get Nu 39, 000 and the members Nu 21,000 for nine weeks.