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Don’t throw garbage into the ocean, Arona council pleads 

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Arona has launched a new awareness campaign to reduce the dumping of litter on the coast.

The initiative includes days of awareness in chiringuitos and beaches and actions of cleaning of the coast and the seabed.

The environment department of the local council is co-ordinating the project “Arona takes care of everyone on the coast” which will also feature environmental workshops and events to show the impact of waste on the marine fauna and beaches. The campaign has the slogan. Enjoy the environment! And focus efforts on promoting the three “Rs”: reduce, reuse and recycle. “

Environment councillor Yurena García stressed the importance of the support of the nautical sports schools of the municipality to make people aware of the campaign and the awareness days.

Beach ashtrays will be dispensed and information material about the degradation of trash in the sea.

“The objectives of this campaign are to sensitise and inform the population and users of the coastal areas about the importance of reducing waste and to encourage more sustainable consumption habits that respect the coastal and marine environment,” said a council spokesman.

“The situation of marine litter is a threat that affects us all, being a global problem and without borders. Every day, eight million objects arrive in the seas and oceans of our planet. Each year, more than nine million tons. For this reason it is important to be aware that each person is an agent for change. “

The campaign wants to stress how long it takes for waste thrown into the sea to disintegrate.

As examples, a nappy takes an average of 650 years to degrade, while a plastic plug or aluminum cans remain for 150 years and each cigarette butt contaminates more than 50 litres of water.

All the information about the different actions and their schedules is available on the web www.arona.org.