Costa environmental organisations to get involved in World Cleanup Day

File photo of a previous cleanup operation.
File photo of a previous cleanup operation. / SUR
  • Mi Moana is organising an event in Fuengirola tomorrow, while Plastic Free Seas Worldwide will be at Cabopino beach in Marbella on the same day

Environmental organisations on the Costa del Sol are celebrating World Cleanup day which takes place across the globe tomorrow, 18 September.

The concept first started in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people got together to clean up their local areas during a one day event.

The idea quickly spread around the world and in 2020 more than 11 million people in 166 countries volunteered to clean up their local beaches and rivers.

Local events

In Fuengirola, environmental organisation Mi Moana is organising a beach cleanup at Fuengirola's T Pier (Espigon de la T) tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am.

The organisation has said that the first 50 volunteers to bring five plastic bags to the event will receive a reusable, fabric bag, as well as doing their bit to protect the environment during the beach clean.

Mi Moana was created to protect the Costa del Sol's seas and has committed to organising one beach cleanup per month. In addition, they aim to "educate the next generation, helping them reduce their impact on their environment," said Mi Moana's founder, Natasha Wegloop.

Specsavers opticians in Fuengirola is inviting residents to bring five used plastic bags into the store on Avenida Ramón y Cajal 6 throughout September. The plastic bags will then be recycled to ensure that they do not go into landfill.

Specsavers is also helping customers to recycle their old glasses and put them to good use by collecting unwanted glasses for the Lions Club.

The Fuengirola store has recently announced that it is launching a new range of glasses which have been "specifically designed to reduce environmental impact", using discarded water bottles, repurposed into plastic chips, which they explain is the core material used to create the frames.

Plastic Free Seas Worldwide is also looking for volunteers to help with their World Cleanup day event at Cabopino beach in Marbella tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am.

Reusable bags will be provided but volunteers are asked to take their own gloves if possible.

There will be flags at the main Cabopino beach to help people locate the collection point and certificates will be given to children taking part in the event.