By Euro Weekly News Media • 09 July 2019 • 9:00
RUBBISH HEAP: Volunteers retrieved all manner of discarded items, which they then sorted for recycling. CREDIT: Adra Council
TWENTY kilos of cardboard, 120 drinks cans, 500 glass bottles, 1,000 cigarette butts, 50 plastic bottles and packaging of all kinds: volunteers retrieved all this and more from the seabed in front of the San Nicolas beach in Adra in just one morning.
Around 50 people took part in the Adra Council-organised ‘Clean Waters’ initiative on Sunday as part of the Blue Flag Mediterranean Week activities in the municipality, an event supported by local scuba diving and adventure sports clubs.
Volunteers classified all the collected items for recycling in the relevant bins.
Adra Mayor Manuel Cortes said initiatives of this kind are vital.
“The way to help our marine biodiversity to survive is by freeing it of all the rubbish which ends up at the bottom of our seas and oceans”, Cortes commented.
Volunteers pick up kilos of trash on Adra beach in Almeria CREDIT: Adra Council
The Mayor also highlighted “the need to raise awareness among everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, about the importance of avoiding dumping any kind of waste outside the bins available for this purpose.”
He pointed out that using the recycling bins “costs nothing”, adding, “with everyone doing their bit we can enjoy a cleaner Adra, which is more respectful of the environment and the creatures which live in it, including the species on our coast’s seabed.”
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