Flotsam and jetsam

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OVERCROWDED: The Chillar has become too popular.

AS reported in EWN, the bed of the Rio Chillar in Nerja has become increasingly subject to pressure from an excessive number of unthinking visitors keen to walk up its once pristine length.

For the second time this year, a group of volunteers has performed a clean-up operation, collecting 450 kilos of shoes, cans, plastic bottles, nappies, toilet paper and other rubbish.

The team worked predominantly in the area between the quarry and the dam, which is the most popular with walkers, following an earlier operation in June when 400 kilos of garbage was recovered.

Around 30 citizens participated, including the local police chief, three councillors, and a dozen members of Velez-Malaga environmental association Paz Park.

Nerja Council are trying to figure out how best to regulate access to the degraded river, which regularly attracts more than 1,000 visitors per day in summer, with peaks of over 3,000 at weekends

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