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Tulum beach cleanup begins this weekend

Tulum, Q.R. — Beach clean ups are getting underway along Tulum shores as thousand of kilos of garbage are removed by volunteers.

Each year, more than 36 tons of garbage is removed from the coast of Quintana Roo with the most common items being plastic bottles and caps and cigarette butts, says Araceli Ramirez.

The coordinator of Ocean Conservancy, says that again this year, they are part of the International Beach Cleaning, which will take place between September 23 and October 15 in the state and will include regions from Tulum to Isla Holbox.

Representatives of the Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat) of Tulum Amed Gómez and Gabriela Romero of the Mayab Environmental Group (Gema), say that a lot of the garbage that arrives along the coast is from ships crossing the Caribbean and garbage that floats from Central, South American as well as the southern United States.

Last year, some of the unusual waste removed from beaches around the country included one piano, two typewriters, selfie sticks, toilets, microwaves, brooms and drones as well as cigarette butts, plastic bottles, bottle caps and food wrappers.

The first beach cleaning will take place this weekend in Tulum. Volunteers interested in helping pick up garbage can meet in Tulum at the esplanade of the Municpal Palace at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23.