Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Thousands of people took to the coast this past weekend to participate in a massive beach cleanup.
The organized event, Limpieza Internacional de Costas y Cuerpos de Agua, saw more than 5,500 volunteers clean 62 kilometers of state beaches. The event focused on 20 particular areas along the federal maritime zone that saw the participation of 167 businesses and commercial groups volunteer their time.
Solidarity Municipal Treasurer, Asunción Ramírez Castillo, thanked the volunteers which officially marked the 32nd edition of the International Day of Coastal Cleaning.
“It is the task of all, government and society, to take care of the place where we live. To preserve the ecosystems because we all inherent the natural resources of Solidarity,” he said.
During the cleaning, the municipality installed 100 garbage cans along public access areas of the beaches.
Director of the Federal Maritime Zone of Solidaridad, Hugo Uribe Nicolás, said that “The volunteers contributed to the cleanup of just over 62 kilometers of beach and two reefs during this activity from which results in the way of garbage collected will be available Tuesday for citizens and the international organization, Ocean Conservancy.”
Beach areas cleaned included Punta Esmeralda, Punta Brava and Playa Paraíso as well as Punta Maroma, Playa del Secreto, Tres Rios, El Mandarin, Punta Bete, XCalacoco, Chunzubul, Playa del Carmen and Playacar.
Volunteers also cleaned beaches at Xcaret, Punta Venado, Paamul, Puerto Aventuras, Barceló, Xpu-Ha, Kantenah, Yalkú and the Moxche Bass and Tortugas reefs.