30,000 Discarded Cigarette Butts

ALM 30k cigarette buttsPuerta del Mar, Marina del Este and Herradura beaches are cleaner thanks to volunteer work yesterday organised by Playa Patrol.

A stunning 30,000 cigarette butts were picked up along these beaches, along with 68 kilos of other kinds of litter, explained Ann Jenkins from Playa Patrol.

These volunteer squads counted on the cooperation of the Almuñécar Town Hall and the cleaning company, FCC, which is the least they could do, you might think.

The underlying message behind this volunteer campaign is that the keeping of our beaches clean is something that is down to all of us; not so much by cleaning them, but by not littering them in the first place.

When the squads of volunteers make the effort to pick up 30,000 cigarette butts from the beaches, the message is clear; we’re picking up the rubbish that you were too lazy to take away with you.

Anne Jenkins might not put it that way, but we at the Gazette and you, the reader, surely do, too.

You see, many, many people have the attitude that it’s OK to litter beaches because they are paying the salaries through their taxes of the cleaning staff: “pick it up; that’s what I am paying you for,” sort of thing.

But when citizens who care join together to volunteer their time and effort to clean up after “slobs” it is a slap in the face to each and every one of those litterbugs. They can’t justify their laziness to themselves that they are paying these civic-minded volunteers to do it, because they aren’t.

Playa Patrol, however, is not out their looking for confrontation or to shame others; they’re doing it because they hope it will make beachgoers reflect on their behaviour and think twice before burying their cigarette butt in the sand.

(News: Almunecar/Herradura, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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