AROUND 400 volunteers gathered on a number of beaches in La Manga del Mar Menor as part of a clean-up initiative.
A combination of the recent storms that have washed up extra waste and the behaviour of litterbug beachgoers allowed the volunteers to collect 9,500 kilos of rubbish from the Ensenada del Esparto. A total of 500 kilos of that amount consisted of plastic material found on the beach and in the sea.
The project came from an original idea from residents of several urbanisations in the north of La Manga who, with the collaboration with the San Javier council, wanted to raise awareness about caring for the coastal area.
The day of the big clean-up started with a demonstration by SGS Marine Services on marine pollution, followed by a talk on the most common of all beach seaweed, the posidonia.
A hard day’s work, undertaken by volunteers made up of all different nationalities, finished off with a barbecue to thank everyone for their efforts.