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International beach clean up scheduled for next weekend

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The International Coastal Cleanup is organizing the 2015 beach cleaning and Playa del Carmen is looking for volunteers.

This year, there will be additional duties for those who volunteer. Not only will beach cleaners be removing garbage, others will be volunteering to help remove the kelp that remains on along the coast. The cleaning duties will be divided between both the volunteers and the municipal workers.

According to Directorate of Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat) Solidarity, the 2015 beach cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 a.m. at Punta Esmeralda.

“We are anticipating about 3,750 people to help clean the beaches. This is the figure we reached last year. Volunteers are divided into 17 groups. This year, we will also be cleaning cenote and beach areas that will include Yalkú, Kantenah Xpu Ha, Puerto Aventuras, Paamul, Punta Venado, Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Playa Caribe, Shangrilá, Punta Esmeralda, Xcalacoco, Chunzubul, Moxce, Punta Bete, Mandarin, Three Rivers, Punta Maroma, Paradise Beach and Punta Brava,” explained Zofemat.

Last year, volunteer crews collected more than 20,000 cigarette butts in addition to food packages and plastic bottles left by beachgoers.

“One cigarette butt can pollute up to 50 liters of water. The ashes from a cigarette butt left in the sand on our beaches can cause skin irritations in humans,” said last year’s cleaning director, Perez Roberto Briseño.

The municipality of Solidarity began organizing the official beach cleanup in 2011, however, locally it has been ongoing since 2007. On average, more than 7,000 people take part state-wide.

For additional information or to sign up, visit Limpieza Internacional de Costas y Cuerpos de Auga 2015 or Zofemat Solidarity.

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