More than 800 volunteers, including children, teens, and adults, removed over 1.5 tons of trash from Puerto Peñasco’s beaches during a citywide event to celebrate International Coastal Clean-up Day.
On the morning of October 19th, hundreds of people toting buckets and trash bags took to the city’s coastline for the cleanup effort, which included beaches stretching from Playa Encanto and the Morua Estuary to the Mirador, malecón, Playa Hermosa, and areas in front of area resorts and hotels.
The main objective of the Beach Clean-up was to promote team work in caring for the health and ecosystem of our beaches, as well as to raise awareness among new generations as to caring for the sea. This is even more important as Puerto Peñasco is the only beach in Sonora to hold Level II clean beach certification.
The recent clean-up effort included participation from the local Clean Beach Committee and Municipal offices, non-governmental organizations such as CEDO, the Puerto Peñasco Rotary and Lions Clubs, Grupo Intercomunitario Ribereño del Corredor Puerto Peñasco-Puerto Lobos, Street Vendors Union, local hotels and businesses, as well as the Pentatlón Deportivo, students and directors from area schools, along with other civil organizations.
Volunteers managed to collect items ranging from plastic cups and bottle-tops, cigarette butts, glass, aluminum cans, and other trash that is still continually left on our beaches, though less so through such awareness efforts.