Great participation at Beach Cleaning in Korfalonas, Kissamos

On Sunday 20th January, over 40 people turned up to clean the beach around Korfalonas, in Kissamos.

Near the river in Korfalonas

With the recent storms, loads of rubbish have both washed up on the beach and come down in the river, to end up close to river mouths in the area.

Today’s challenge was to separate the big, mostly plastic rubbish parts from the natural bamboo and wood piles.

In about one and a half hour of cleaning, we managed to collect enough trash to load over capacity 1 pick-up truck, one 4X4 vehicle and one trailer. Among the biggest offenders were some big tires. Also recorded many, many big plastic containers of all types, long pipes, toilet flush tanks, and bottles of course.

Where would all the rubbish collected today end up otherwise? Most likely answers:

  • The bottom of the sea
  • The stomach of fish, birds, sea mammals, turtles and other wildlife
  • Broken into an infinite number of pieces and spread everywhere
  • Burned and mixed in the sand where the sea lilies grow

Today, the mountains of plastic that get left around in the natural environment are a little smaller.

Only a small step, but the tide is turning.

Till next time.

More pics on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beachcleaningteamkissamos/

Beach Cleaners in action
Loading the rubbish to be taken away
Tyres are 60% plastic

Manuel

Greek in spirit. Recently adopted, with whole family, by Kissamos. Sea and nature lover.