In just one hour of sampling, 313 kilos of garbage have been collected on Els Eucaliptus de Amposta beach, in the Ebro Delta natural park.
It is the result of the work of about sixty 4th year ESO students and teachers from the Technical Institute of the capital of Montsià who this Friday participated in the European initiative Let's Clean Up.
The students have been surprised by the large amount of waste abandoned on the beach by users, especially by the packaging or cigarette butts that they have found on an area equivalent to a third of a football field.
"It's a shame that everything is dirty," said student Abel Gómez. "There are people who make an effort, but there is a lack of involvement," added Vigo Abril.
The sampling and collection of garbage on Eucalyptus beach has been organized by the Ebro Delta Natural Park, the Sustainable Development Commission of the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion, Climate Action and the Waste Agency of Catalonia. It is part of the Let's Clean Up Europe initiative that is also taking place these weeks in Catalonia, simultaneously in protected natural areas of the Balearic Islands and Occitania.
The general director of Environmental Policies and Natural Environment, Marc Vilahur, has pointed out that the cleaning "of a practically virgin beach" exemplifies the international work that allows the cleaning of protected spaces involving young people and students who will be "the most responsible on the day of tomorrow" and must be "knowledgeable" about what is happening in the environment to "reverse" uncivil social behaviors and little commitment to nature conservation and climate change.