Spain’s Costa del Sol coastline clean-up operation as 300 tonnes of sea debris dumped by storm Gloria

AN estimated 300 tonnes of sea debris are expected to be cleared from the coastline in Mijas Spain in the wake of last week’s storm Gloria.

While the beaches were not the worst hit by the fierce winds and heavy rains in the Malaga province, they did suffer a massive accumulation of reeds.

Councillor for Tourism and Beaches, José Carlos Martín, told Mijas Communication that “although Mijas has not suffered such serious incidents as other parts of the province, we did suffer some consequences of the storm, such as the accumulation of a huge amount of reeds, that come, mainly, from the Fuengirola River, to our coast ”.

Some 14 km of Mijas coastline was affected, so this week, the council despatched more than 100 personnel from the Complementary Services of the Department of Beaches, to clean the coast.

There are areas which the heavy industrial vehicles used cannot reach, such as the beach at Faro, so these must be cleaned manually.

Councillor of Cleaning and CEO of Mijas Complementary Services, thanked everybody involved in the clean-up operation, and said “the work they are doing since the storm is a very arduous and laborious task”.

The project is expected to take two weeks so that the coastline is ready to “welcome all visitors who wish to take advantage of the good weather that is planned”.

It was added that the action is not only beneficial from a tourist point of view, but also on an environmental level, so that the various animal species that live on the coast “can return to procreate”.

The rods and reeds collected will be transferred to the Mijas Recycling Plant.

WASHED UP: A two-week clean-up operation is underway in Mijas following storm Gloria.

CREDIT: Jeen Beintema La Cala de Mijas Facebook

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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