Plastic cleanup a staggering success

The scale of the pollution problem facing the Coast was brought home last Saturday when a staggering 400 kgs of rubbish was collected in a single hour.

The clean up was organised by environmental charity Plastic Free Seas Worldwide, which brought together 75 volunteers to clean up the beach in Fuengirola

Plastic Free Seas Worldwide was created by Craig Webb to increase awareness about the amount of plastic being dumped in to our seas every year. Approximately one truckload of plastic is dumped into the sea every minute, equating to 8 million tonnes a year. “Our mission is to bring communities together, educate our youth and start making a difference to the carnage that we are subjecting our natural world to. This is a man-made problem and innocent mammals, fish and sea birds are paying the ultimate price”, explained co-founder of the charity Natasha Wegloop. “This year we have organised 12 beach clean ups, collecting over 5 tonnes of rubbish from beaches on the Costa del Sol and visited schools to educate the younger generation on the importance of minimising plastic use and disposing of it carefully. Thanks to everyone who has supported all our activities in 2018, we look forward to many more events in 2019”.

Specsavers Opticas Fuengirola sponsored the event, as part of their commitment to reducing plastic and minimising their impact on the environment, after stopping using plastic bags in all eight stores earlier this year. They joined the charity, the volunteers, the Mayor of Fuengirola Ana María Mula Redruello, the Councillor for Beaches José Sanchez and the Councillor for the Environment María Jesús Pascual from the Fuengirola Town Hall for the largest beach clean up of the year.

“We have become more and more conscious of the impact that plastic can have on the environment and wanted to make a change”, explained Amrik Sappal, Director of Specsavers Opticas Fuengirola. “So we stopped using plastic bags in September and have committed to sponsor Plastic Free Seas Worldwide with their Beach Cleaning activities and educational work to both stop plastics at source and deal with them before they cause harm to the environment.”

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