Many hands make light work... but it would have been even lighter if people didn't litter and took their rubbish home with them instead.
Some 30 volunteers in Salobreña, coordinated by Ecologistas en Acción, worked their way along the Guadalfeo near the river mouth, picking up all kinds of litter, which if left would have eventually ended up in the sea after heavy rains.
Plastic of all kinds including from greenhouses, scrap metal, bottles, cigarette butts and even a no-camping sign, made up the almost 300 kilos recovered.
The initiative was also backed by other ecologist groups like Árboles Contra el Cambio Climático (ACCC Granada), Colina, Conservación y Limpieza de la Naturaleza (CCLN) and Cal y Caña. The Town Hall supplied a lorry to cart it all away, as well.
The original idea was to have divers working on the seabed whilst the landlubber volunteers did the beach and riverbanks but the strong wave action put paid to the diver expedition. They were going to dive from the ecologist yacht, Diosa Maat but the sea state put paid to that.
This is the second clean-up campaign carried out by Ecologistas en Acción recently; previously they had done the same in La Herradura using divers.
Finally, the ecologists also organised a protest march along Playa Cagíllas, which links Salobreña to Motril, behind which is where the hotels will eventually go up. The ecologists warned that the hotel projects should stick to the boundary limits approved in 2004 because if they build closer to the beach, then the sea will end up in the foyers.
(News/Noticias: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: Granada Hoy)