Last updated on July 16, 2019
Riviera Maya, Q.R. — At least two tons of waste were removed from the beaches of the biosphere reserve during the latest beach clean.
Nearly 100 people participated in annual beach clean, which was part of the International Day of the Ocean.
Algeria Flores Rivera, head of the municipal environmental impact department, said dozens of volunteers, including hotel staff and other civil organizations, spent a day picking up garbage from the coastline.
He explained that this year, the cleanup focused on two important points of the coast of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve at the entrance and the Boca Paila bridge. He says these areas are where most of the garbage lands that is dragged to land by sea currents.
He added that from the one-day cleaning, nearly 2 tons of garbage was retrieved from the area by volunteers, who he says, was large due to the increased interest in keeping the coastlines clean.
Flores Rivera explained that a lot of what was collected were plastic containers with diverse origins, arriving from other countries in the sea drag, adding that the consumption of these wastes by marine species leads to their death.
The incorporation of the public is important, he says, since it shows the depth with which the issue considering the importance of the eradication of plastic and the protection of the sea has reached people’s conscience.