Man Cleans Up A Riverbank to Improve the View, But When the Trash Is Gone the Real Reward Appears

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Every day Tommy Kleyn from Rotterdam, Netherlands, rides his bike to work. But there is one part of the route that’s not pleasant to see — the north corner of a canal that’s filled with trash.

Tired of watching the waterfront grow dirtier every day, Kleyn decided to do something about it.

According to BoredPanda, he started waking up half an hour earlier to clean up the waterfront on his way to work.

He posted images of his progress regularly [on Facebook].

After only 30 minutes each day for 6 days, the canal looked totally different.

People on the bike path who saw Kleyn’s work were amazed with his job. “There should be more people like you,” they would say.

After 22 bags of trash and a lot of work every morning, the results were immediately noticeable.

Thanks to his hard work, a Eurasian coot even nested in a part of the newly cleaned area. Kleyn called that:

“The real reward,” he says.

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