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Special operation against the garbage

It's bubbling next to the Weidling, the drives a little below the Drahtschmidlistegs in the Limmat river. The head of a diver appears. He snorts, spits out the mouth piece, gasps: "Take the time, this is hard." Two men in flat rowing boat to grab, pull a construction lamp from the river, then a dripping sports bag, was probably once green. The diver will only need a rest briefly, then he grabs the basket with a plastic, put the mouthpiece back in and disappears in the twelve degree cold water.

Welcome to the Limmat putzete. Every three years it is held, always in November, according to the Züri-Fäscht. This is the best time for action, says Christian column stone, media spokesman for the city police: "this time of year the water is less turbid." In addition, the Limmat, not more ships.

The cleaning action is worth it, every year, the roughly 180 Participants – 50 to 60 divers and about 120 helpers – several tons of waste out of the river. Bicycles, shopping wägeli, traffic signs and, above all, countless glass bottles. "This is a half-glass collection down there," says a diver, shaking his head.

fighting against the flow

Also crazy things may come to the fore. Three years ago, the drum of a washing machine caused a sensation, six years ago, an alternator and a Pump-Action weapon. Weapons discoveries would from time to time, says a column of stone. This is one of the reasons why the city police to join the Limmat river putzete. The other wallets and valuables, which the police ensures that any traces and try to identify the owner. Also, the green sports bag is a case for the police.

Because it has not rained in the last few days, is the flow for the diver at the upper Limit, it is a constant battle, in order not to be aborted. The baskets full of bottles that make things even more difficult, says diver Daniel Bernhard: "The are like a sail that pulls you right down." His colleague – for safety reasons, divers and divers to have two on the go – had to let go of, therefore, a traffic sign and two Veloräder again. Heavy objects mountains, the divers themselves, but attach ropes to it; the volunteers in the boats or on Land, you pull out then.

What comes to the fore. The Limmat putzete fraught with curiosities. Photo: Urs Jaudas

the Limmat putzete of the city of Zurich is Organised together with the Swiss under water sports Association, the Pontonier-sports club, the Limmat river fishermen and the Limmat club. Joining them will be comedian Beat Schlatter this year, as an Ambassador for clean water, he grabs on a boat for a period of time.

Traditionally, high school students in the Canton school Close help. You are amazed at what all comes to the fore. "I would have thought that the people now know what they cause when they throw waste into the water," says one of the young people.

police will not come after

it would be Nice. Actually, the employees clean of waste + Recycling in the city of Zurich, as well as the water protection police the lakeshore and Watercourses on a regular basis. "But without the big Putzete it's not in the Limmat river, we would," says police spokesman column of stone. It is simply too much down there. Not that the people of Zurich would especially throw a lot of Güsel in their river – but the river has little flow, so that the waste remains different than, for example, in the Rhine are.

the balance of The day: over 50 cubic meters of waste, among other things, 64 bicycles, 15 shopping carts, 1-plate stove, 1 baby carriage, 1 vacuum cleaner, 3 garden tables, 4 Gehkrücken, 1 shower head, some wheel covers, 1 weapon as well as ammunition and 6 E-Scooter. Less than feared. But there is a statement: The water protection police get the scooter immediately from the water, if it receives a message, because the batteries leak and the Limmat river could pollute with dangerous chemicals.

Created: 10.11.2019, 21:48 PM

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