Coastal Clean-Up in September

COS Playa PatrolFour Costa Tropical Towns Join International, Coastal Clean-Up Day in September.

For more than 30 years, over 100 countries around the world have been Fighting For Trash Free Seas® as part of the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Clean Up Day and this year, on Sunday, the 22nd of September, Almuñécar-La Herradura, Salobreña and Motril will be joining the fight. Volunteers will use Ambiente Europeo data-collection forms as part of this programme.

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Earlier today, Ann Jenkins, Head of Asociación Playa Patrol, announced the beaches that will welcome volunteers at this event: Playa La Herradura and Marina Playa (La Herradura), Playa Puerta del Mar (Almuñécar), Playa de la Charca (Salobreña) and Playa Poniente (Motril).

Jenkins also shared the list of End Zone Sponsors that provide volunteers a complimentary drink and snack after the beach clean up is completed. “Thank you to Restaurante No. 20 (La Herradura), Restaurante y Bar El Arbol Blanco (Almuñécar), Chiringuito Flores (Salobreña) and Sunahra Beach Club (Motril) for hosting the local End Zone.”

The acting Chairman of the Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa
 Tropical, María Eugenia Rufino, who hosted today’s announcement, highlighted the importance of raising awareness and
 education for the environment.

“In our region there are many foreign residents that come from countries where 
environmental awareness is much more developed and we must positively
 adopt these actions to move forward”, said Rufino who thanked the Head of
 Playa Patrol, Ann Jenkins, and the whole team of Ocean Ambassadors and
 volunteers work that “have an impact on young people and children.”

Since inception, Playa Patrol has been supported by Asociación de Chiringuitos de la Costa Tropical. Their Chairman, Francisco Trujillo, said that they have been working with Playa Patrol because they thought it was “a magnificent 
project”. The beach bars have already subsidized 1,500 euros to Playa Patrol
 and Trujillo announced that shortly they will contribute 
another 500 euros to their work and that next year those funds may increase.

The Chairman of the Port Authority of Motril, José García Fuentes, commented positively on 
their experience in working with Playa Patrol, not only during the recent 
Information Session that they had hosted, but also with its environmental awareness 
and education work locally. García Fuentes encouraged the residents of the
 entire region to participate in the beach clean up on the 22nd of September.

The Councilor of Beaches of the City of Motril, José Lemos, has thanked the
 fighting spirit of Ann Jenkins and all the Playa Patrol Ocean Ambassadors for 
laying the foundation on Costa Tropical to encourage environmental
 awareness and “leave our children a true paradise where they can live.”

Each community has dedicated Playa Patrol Ocean Ambassadors busy finding Team Captains and Volunteers. All Volunteers are required to register online in order to be assigned a clean-up zone and obtain complimentary drink and snack tickets.

Based on previous attendance, Playa Patrol anticipates 700+ volunteers will join the September event. Volunteers are required to bring their own gloves, bucket and empty water bottle to collect cigarette butts along with drinking water, sunscreen and a hat.

As always, the local town halls along with local garbage collection companies are involved in supporting the beach clean-up activities. Financial support has been provided by Association of Costa Tropical Chiringuitos, the Port Authority of Motril and the Mancommunidad Costa Tropical.

The Beach, Clean-Up on Sunday, the 22nd of September runs from 10:00h until 11:30h followed by food and drink along with a group photo at the End Zone. Until 13:00h. It is mandatory to register online at in order to receive complimentary drink and snack tickets as well as be assigned a clean up zone. It is free to participate.

(News: Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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