Storm Gloria, a month on

Waste. Storm Gloria left us with images of hundreds of volunteers clearing waste from beaches in seaside towns and cities all along the Catalan coast.

Keep your diary clear on 22 February and come along to take part in the clean-up session at the beaches.

Storm Gloria left us with images of hundreds of volunteers clearing waste from beaches in seaside towns and cities all along the Catalan coast.

A month after the damage caused to the city’s beaches, Barcelona City Council and the entities from the network are inviting local people to take part in a session to clear waste materials and raise awareness of their impact on climate change.

The clear-up session aims to highlight the need for a change of model in society: the current ‘throwaway’ culture is no longer valid. We need to move towards a circular economy which promotes better waste recycling and reuse. Basically, we need to move towards becoming a ‘zero-waste’ city.

Coordinated by the Beach Centre, the entities taking part are Proartso, Surfrider, Blue Salt School, Pure Clean Earth, El peix al plat, No más colillasPlastic attack and WWF.

Waste-clearing session:

The various entities will be divided into two groups, each one starting at one end of the beach so that they end up meeting at the breakwater known as the Espigó del Gas, where the waste will be sorted.

The starting points are the Platja de Sant Sebastià and the Espigó del Bogatell, with the waste sorting to be done at the Espigó del Gas.

Programme

  • 10 am. Entities and volunteers to meet.
  • 10.30 am. Waste-clearing exercise begins.
  • 12 noon. Arrival at the Espigó del Gas.
  • 1 pm. Final reflection and thanks.
  • 1.30 pm. End of activity and removal of waste by cleaning services.

This waste-clearing session shows the impact of waste materials on climate change and how this is reflected on our beaches: had it been properly separated, all the waste collected would not have reached the beach or the sea.

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