In an attempt to clean up Goa’s beaches, pop-up waste bars will be handing out free drinks to people in exchange for trash.
The concept is the brainchild of Drishti Marine, a beach safety and cleanliness management agency. As part of its #TeraMeraBeach campaign, pop-up bars will be set up, art installations will be placed and beach clean-up drives will be organised.
The campaign kicked off with the first pop-up waste bar at Titos lane in Zanzibar in Baga beach on January 30. At the pop-up waste bar, beach-goers can use plastic straws, cigarette butts and bottle caps as currency and trade them for beverages and sundowners. People can hand over 10 beer bottle caps (aluminium or plastic), 20 used cigarettes, or five used plastic straws and grab a chilled beer, cocktail or goti soda.
Pop-up waste bars will be set up between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Shack on February 27 and at Bottle Bay Beach Shack in Baga beach on March 13. The evening will feature performances by musicians, including the percussionist group Carlos and Friends, using instruments created out of waste materials.
More venues in the State have signed up to adopt the concept and pop-up waste bars will be set up across Goa’s beaches in the next few months. A spokesperson for Drishti Marine said, “Through the #TeraMeraBeach campaign, Drishti Marine aims to educate people, especially visitors, on cleanliness and beach management along the coastal stretch through music and art. We want to raise awareness of the need to keep Goa’s beaches clean.”
The unique beach cleanliness campaign, which is in its second season, will run till the end of the tourist season.