First collaboration between the Allianz Milano men’s volleyball Super League team and Plastic Free Onlus, the voluntary organization committed since 2019 to combating plastic pollution. On Sunday 1 October the libero Damiano Catania and the opposite Petar Dirlic will in fact be among the many volunteers involved in the “clean up” event at the Darsena in Milan. The appointment is at 2.30 pm in the playground in Piazzale Cantore.

“Respect for the environment is very important for our present and future” says the Croatian opposite spiker Petar Dirlic, standing at 205 centimetres, in his first year in Milan, arriving with the title of best scorer for attacks on his board winners in the last championship. “If we were in the field I could try to stop plastic pollution with a wall” smiles Dirlic. “On Sunday we will start collecting plastic and waste, Damiano and I too, with all the volunteers”.

“As a libero, let’s say that I’m used to picking up a lot of balls on the pitch, on Sunday I’ll dedicate myself to plastic and waste” echoes Damiano Catania, another prized piece from president Lucio Fusaro’s summer transfer market. Last year he was in Cisterna with Dirlic. A couple of months ago in China, together with Porro and Vitelli he won gold at the last Universiade. “We must all be good at defending our land even from incorrect behaviour” concludes Catania.

Next weekend there will be as many as 20 thousand Plastic Free Onlus volunteers in action in over 240 locations simultaneously throughout Italy for the national “Sea & Rivers” event. The objective will be to free nature from 200 thousand kilograms of abandoned plastic and waste.

Lombardy is also the protagonist with thirty environmental cleaning events. On Saturday 30 September Plastic Free will be in Besnate and Busto Arstizio (VA); Monza-Brugherio, Lissone and Ornago (MB); Carpiano, Casarile, Carugate, Cernusco sul Naviglio, Gessate and Pioltello (MI); Cene (BG) and Colico (LC). While on Sunday 1 October, the volunteers will act in Codogno (LO); Milan, Cambiago, Cassano d’Adda, Pregnana Milanese, San Colombano al Lambro and Settala (MI); Mozzanica and Sarnico (BG); Sabbioneta (MN); Paratico (BS); Landriano and Pavia (PV); Olgiate Molgora, Imbersago and Montevecchia (LC) and Como.

“We invite citizens to participate in environmental cleaning events – declares Matteo Bignardi, regional representative for Plastic Free Lombardy – to make a concrete gesture for the environment in which we live. Freeing it from plastic not only means preserving the Planet but also our health.