WAR ON RUBBISH: Expats determined to clean up coastline in Almeria

LITTER PICKERS: The Coastal Cleaners Andalucia are determined to clean up the country’s coastline.

A VOLUNTEER group set up by a British expatriate based in Almeria is determined to tackle the clean up the country’s coastline.

The ‘Coastal Cleaners Andalucia’ group was started earlier this year by Brit Sue Parmenter-Philips, in the hope of highlighting the action needed against plastic, fishing paraphernalia and other litter in coastlines and beaches.

Since its creation, several litter-picks have been held by the group across the region, which has seen a number of volunteers turn out and help clear beaches throughout Almeria.


The latest event took place on Thursday on Vera beach, which saw 20 people clear the beach for more than an hour and a half and collect several bags of rubbish from the beachfront.

Prior to the pick, the group released a music video about the waste problem, in the hope of spreading the word about the coastal litter problem on the country’s beaches but also promote responsible tourism.

Called ‘Our Rubbish Song’, the song is sung to the tune made famous by nursery rhyme teddy bear’s picnic and explains the forms of rubbish that has been found by the group during their litter picks; while it also helps explain how to help with the clean-up operation.

Available on their Facebook page, the video, which took three months to prepare, has already been seen more than 16,000 times while it has also been shared more than 200 times and has also been played on local radio station Spectrum FM.

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