Servimar Axarquía, the company responsible for cleaning the sea along the Axarquía coast, has reported that 38.1 tonnes of non-organic refuse, including plastics and cans, were collected over the summer period from waters around Vélez-Málaga, Algarrobo, Torrox and Nerja.
In addition to rubbish produced by humans, the company also picked up 47.1 tonnes of jellyfish, dead fish and seaweed, among other naturally-occurring sea life.
The service was in operation from 15 June until last Saturday, and involved 10 boats which operated up and down the coast from Monday to Friday, with a budget of 286,088 euros.
Responding to the figures supplied by Servimar Axarquía, Gregorio Campos, president of the group of Axarquía town halls (Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol Oriental), called on beachgoers to "work together and be responsible for cleaning and to contribute to improving the environment".
He added that it was "unthinkable" that there are people who still throw cans, bottles and plastic into the sea when it would be so easy "to place them in any of the many rubbish bins placed on the beaches along the Axarquía coast".