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International clean-up squad tackles Duquesa port

The international rubbish collectors in Duquesa.
The international rubbish collectors in Duquesa. / SUR
  • Volunteers are improving the look of the area by removing tonnes of rubbish from public areas

A team of foreign residents are celebrating after clearing 560 kilos of rubbish from around Duquesa Port last Saturday, 1 December.

The 11 volunteers spent several hours picking up everything from plastic bottles and mattresses to rubber dinghies and oil drums.

Now the group are asking for more volunteers to join them on their weekly clean-up of the popular tourist resort.

The latest event saw Brits, Danes, and Norwegian locals tackling neglected areas including the port's car park and recycling area, where over 350 kilos of rubbish was removed.

Stephen Amore, 52, who organises the weekly event, told SUR in English that since he started the group in August they have picked up more than six tonnes of rubbish.

He said: "It's amazing the amount of rubbish that's out there and I'm absolutely astounded by the good will of the local people in picking it up.

"People love getting involved and it's good exercise in the sun too."

Stephen, who moved to Spain 12 years ago and is originally from Surrey, said that it all began last July when he was fed up of seeing rubbish on the seafront while walking his dogs.

He explained: "It was awful. There was rubbish everywhere. I set myself a target of picking up 1,000 bits of litter a week while walking from Duquesa Port to Castillo and back - and I managed it easily."

Like-minded locals started joining Stephen on his weekly litter picking expeditions and numbers quickly swelled - so he started a Facebook group, which now has almost 400 members.

Stephen, who is a social media manager, added that local businesses in the port have been supporting them by paying for their bin bags, gloves and equipment.

And following their efforts last Saturday the international team were rewarded with beers from the Dolphin Café Bar.

The Brit added: "Come join us and make a difference."

For more information on when the next clean-up is taking place, visit "Acorn" on Facebook.