The Let’s Clean Up Europe campaign facilitates the removal of 355 kilos of waste in s’Albufera and s’Albufereta

Oct 9, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The councillor for the Environment and Territory, Miquel Mir, the director general of Waste and Environmental Education, Sebastià Sansó, the director general of Natural Spaces and Biodiversity, Llorenç Mas, and the manager of the Balearic Islands Europe Centre, José Berlanga, took part this Friday in an environmental volunteer day organised by the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion as part of the European programme Let’s Clean Up Europe (LCUE).

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This is the second time that a joint waste collection day has been held in a coastal area of a protected natural area in each region. This year, it was held in the Aigüamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park in Catalonia and on the Isle of Tet in Occitania.

Forty-five volunteers from the Red Cross, the Wildlife Foundation and the Joan Taix Integrated Vocational Training Centre collected 355 kilograms of waste, including 62 kilograms of plastic containers and 22 kilograms of glass.

The councillor thanked the organisations and volunteers for their collaboration, as well as the joint organisational efforts of the Euroregion and EUROPE DIRECT Illes Balears. “Actions like this serve to highlight the need for environmental awareness in order to protect our protected natural spaces,” added Mir.

For his part, Sansó highlighted the role of environmental education through European programmes such as EUCL, “an indispensable tool for building together a more sustainable and resilient common future to the consequences of the climate emergency”.

Since the Balearic Islands began participating in the EUCL programme in 2016, more than 10,000 people have removed 12,700 kilos of waste from the natural environment and participated in awareness-raising actions and good environmental practices.