In Catalonia, one of the worst affected regions, hundreds of people gathered on numerous beaches throughout the region wielding buckets and bags to collect trash. On the north coast of Barcelona, volunteers collected plastics and waste, leaving the organic material for the local authority’s rubbish collectors to remove.
On the Malgrat de Mar beach, large plastic containers full of chemicals were found, some of them deemed to be extremely polluting due to being used for fumigating and fertilising crops. The City Council were made aware of their presence and it is understood that specialists will now take them. Sadly, dead turtles and freshwater snakes were also found washed up on the beach as well as hundreds of amphibians.
In Tarragona, several environmental associations, such as Salvem la Platja Llarga and members of Greenpeace, worked alongside the Council to clean and remove algae and organic waste from the beach.