Clearing Malaga’s seabed of used tires

Image: www.signus.es

This year, the World Environment Day was celebrated on June 5. Since its declaration in 1972 by the United Nations Organization, it has been celebrated for 45 years, and with each day, it has been gaining more followers. Nowadays, it is close to impossible for editors to skip a news story that would deal with the environment. Issues such as climate change, waste, recycling, emissions, deforestation or extinction are common words and they put forth the idea how increasingly important the problems of environment have become.

Among other events celebrated in commemoration of this day, the cleaning of the seabed from used tires is marked. The initiative was brought by the University of Málaga (www.uma.es), through the vice-rectorate of Smart-Campus and the University Association of Underwater Activities (www.auas.). The Third Day of Cleaning of the UMA’s seabed from end-of-life tires in the Beach of Las Acacias saw participation of 67 students, staff of the UMA and environmental volunteers enthusiastic about cleaning the seabed of the province.

Cans, bottles, plastic containers, pipes, sheets, iron bars, a mattress, a shopping cart, a set of tires … More than 400 kilos of waste were collected by volunteers from the seabed in the coastal strip between the Playa de las Acacias and the Astilleros Nereo, in Baños del Carmen, both in Malaga.

The operation, comprising 37 volunteers on the ground, 30 divers, with collaboration of the Special Underwater Activities Group of the Civil Guard (GEAS) and Red Cross, went to the first breakwater between the beaches of Pedregalejo and Los Baños del Carmen.

“There has been a complete cleaning of the area and the seabed”, explains Paco Bautista, president of AUAS and coordinator of the activities.

According to Bautista, the divers were astonished to see a vibrant underwater life in an urban beach, which has so many users. The divers have spotted such species, as gorgonians of different sizes and colors, crustaceans, cephalopods and some mollusks in danger of extinction.

Óscar de Cózar, director of secretariat of Smart-Campus, made appearance on the day with an aim to highlight the work of “raising awareness, educating and promoting among students and society in general the need for care and protection of the environment, in particular, the nearest coast”.

For great relieve to everyone, the image used for this article post is about to become an extinct phenomenon. Since the implementation of the Integrated System of Management of Used Tires (SIGNUS) in May 2005, all tires which were paid the eco fees for, receive a correct treatment, ensuring, in all cases, that a treatment is carried out in accordance with the standards, as established by environmental legislation.

Article source: SIGNUS

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