Cleaning the Brussels Canal on Kayaks

4 July 2021

1 July 2021 – There’s definitely no better way to welcome the summer than going for some outdoor activity. Our Green Office team in Brussels took to the canal for kayaking and enjoying the afternoon breeze, thanks to Canal It Up who provided the equipment. It was a nice day out with friends and a chance to do CSR by helping to remove trash from the Brussels canal.

Canal It Up is a nonprofit organization with a goal to clean the canal in Brussels and make it a pleasant place for residents to hang out. Kayaking is one of their many projects to achieve this, relying on sporty volunteers to paddle through the water and help fish out the trash. The kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and all equipment are provided so anyone who’s interested only needs to bring themselves to the canal and you’re set to go. Volunteers get to have fun while learning more about the importance of keeping the canal clean and preventing trash from entering the oceans. The starting point is near the museum Kanal Centre Pompidou and from there paddle up and down along the canal, and see Brussels from a different point of view. You can make your kayak reservation through info@canalitup.org 

Currently, Canal It Up is advocating for a deposit system for bottles and cans in Brussels. Having a deposit system means that empty bottles and cans will have a certain monetary value so consumers can get some money back when they return their bottles and cans. This will incentivize consumers to deposit their trash rather than throw them away, and prevent them from ending up in the water in the first place. You could support this by signing the petition when you come to kayak so that Canal It Up can take this proposal to parliament. See how you can sign the petition at http://www.canalitup.org/ 

We’re always excited to see a more beautiful Brussels and to help make it happen. For anyone who doesn’t have plans for the summer just yet, why not go kayaking and help keep the canal clean!

By Pongsin Thepruangchai