VIDEO: The World Garbage Cleaning Championship was held in Japan
Last week, the first World Garbage Collection Championship, called SpoGomi (a combination of the words sport and gomi, which means garbage in Japanese), took place in Tokyo.
On the streets of the capital, teams from 21 countries, including the host, competed to collect as much trash as possible in one hour.
It probably sounds surprising that the victory went to the visitors from Great Britain who took home the first, historic trophy. They collected 58 kilograms of garbage and earned 9.046 points.
"Other teams may have been more environmentally oriented, less sporty, and we were the opposite. On the other hand, we learned what it takes to clean the oceans and reduce waste," said Sarah Parry, captain of the British team.
In total, the teams picked up 548 kilograms of trash from the streets of Tokyo, and points were awarded based on the type of waste. News York Post.
In addition, they were not allowed to take garbage from private properties. The home team was a little disappointed, because they did not win.
"We wanted to triumph, but I hope that over time more people will be interested in the issue of the environment," said Tomo Takahashi, the captain of the Japanese team.