Clem has left the Island after a magnificent plogging effort

Frenchman Clement Chapel and his band of ploggers have now left Kangaroo Island after a magnificent job of tidying up its streets and highways.

The ploggers covered 760km from one end of Kangaroo Island to the other collecting a literal mountain of trash. The 15 volunteers gave more than 1500 hours of hard work.

Plogging is running and collecting rubbish at the same time and the KI Ploggathon held over 10 days saw more than 4.65 tonnes of roadside litter weighed in, of which 1.6 tonnes was recycled.

Clem left the Island this week to head back to France to catch up with family and friends, while the other ploggers have continued on with their journeys around Australia.

One of his last gestures was to give a little something back to his main sponsor, the Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn, that housed and fed the ploggers during their stay.

He built a new tennis court net out of discarded ropes collected from the Island's beaches and also planted trees donated by the Organic Connection in Kingscote.

Clem is encouraging KI locals to continue collecting ropes and nets from the beaches to add to the tennis court net.

Seaside Inn general manager Michael Safralidis was sad to see the ploggers leave and said they had done a magnificent job.

"It kept me busy over the last few weeks but I have made new friends for life," Mr Safralidis said. "It was just good to be a part of and they have done an amazing job."

He plans on continuing tidying up the tennis court area, that neighbours have told him had not been used for 20 years.

The Kangaroo Island "Kick some Butts" campaign saw Clement Chapel collected more than 1200 cigarette butts in three hours from the streets of Kingscote.

The Kangaroo Island "Kick some Butts" campaign saw Clement Chapel collected more than 1200 cigarette butts in three hours from the streets of Kingscote.

Also in his last week, Clem conducted his "Kick some Butts" campaign, collecting more than 1200 cigarette butts from Kingscote streets by himself in three hours on Tuesday, July 16.

"Ploggathon wanted to raise awareness about the most littered item in the world: cigarette butts," he said.

"Butts are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, and have a devastating impact on the environment. One single butt can pollute up to 500 litres of water."

Clem may have gone back to France for a few weeks, but he is already planning his next Ploggathon somewhere else in the world, using the knowledge he gained from his KI experience.

And he definately wants to come back to Kangaroo Island for a visit one day and urged all the locals to keep their Island clean.

"I love Kangaroo Island and want to see it kept clean," he said.

He also thanked all the individuals, businesses and organisations that helped him and his band of ploggers conduct their mission of cleaning up the Island.

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