VOLUNTEERS collected 600 kilos of litter and rubbish from Altea’s beaches on the Costa Blanca. They were assisted by Joan Piera, president of the Sierra Helada board of governors, Carles Grau, the park’s Environmental Education specialist, and Maria Sahuquillo from the regional government’s environment department. The clean-up, which was organised by the environment department and the Sierra Helada national park with collaboration from the Red Cross, commenced at 9.30 when 60 volunteers gathered at the market car park adjoining the River Algar. From here they moved on to the Cap Negret, La Olla and Campomanes beaches where they removed rubbish and debris that was washed up last month by Storm Gloria.
This was the second beach-cleaning session,as volunteers have already cleared the shoreline from Cap Blanc on the Albir boundary to the Espigo beach which also suffered the effects of Storm Gloria. Environment councillor Jose Orozco drew particular attention to the number of children taking part in the cleanup.
“This is very positive, as it is very important that they start taking part in activities like these from an early age so they learn to respect and look after the environment,” Orozco said.