ENVIRONMENTALISTS in Spain are up in arms about the state of a Costa Blanca river that they claim has become a dumping ground for thousands of plastic bottles and containers.
Huge cleanup operations on the Segura river in Alicante saw the Confederación del Segura recover 20 tonnes of waste from the area while Greenpeace volunteers collected a further 2,000 kilos of rubbish.
The groups say that the area has lost a natural space with a rich biodiversity and have slammed the town halls and residents for allowing the ‘plastic river’ to become one of the biggest disasters in Europe.
Greenpeace say that only 25 per cent of the plastics we use are recycled and the rest of them ends up in the rivers and seas.
The environmental group say: “No, this is not a distant beach. This is happening here, in our country.
“The overproduction and abuse of single-use plastics has to this situation, and these images are just one example of what is repeated throughout the planet: millions of tons of plastic waste entering the oceans every year.
“It is time for the brands that are behind this excessive production of packaging to change this vortex of plastics.”
They’re calling on people to sign an online petition to get them to eliminate their ‘damn plastic’.
They say of the big brands: “Their logos are clearly visible in this disposable plastic tsunami. These companies promote single-use containers, encouraging mass production and hyper-consumption. Their lack of responsibility has an unacceptable cost – the health of our ecosystems and the living beings that depend on them.
None of these brands have committed to eliminate their disposable packaging, nor do they have clear objectives to reduce the amount of plastics they produce. In fact, they continue to force us to buy their products in disposable containers instead of offering rechargeable or refillable alternatives.
“In addition, we know that recycling is not enough to stop the contamination by plastics. Brands have to change and offer alternatives that do not continue to suffocate the planet.
“It is time for brands to commit to reduce their dependence on single-use plastics and make a transition to a new model based on reuse.
Some volunteers involved in the Segura river clean-up say that they have found evidence of plastic inside animals. Patrica, a nutritional doctor, shared images on social media saying: “I was horrified to see how plastics enter our food chain! Without sustainability there is no health!! # MalditoPlastico”
Gran jornada de recogida de basura organizada por @greenpeace_esp en la desembocadura del río Segura!!
Me he quedado horrorizada al ver cómo los plásticos entran en nuestra cadena alimenticia!! Sin sostenibilidad no hay salud!!#MalditoPlastico pic.twitter.com/JK2gqPS6WD
— Patricia doctora nutricional (@Patricianutri_) March 17, 2019