It’s easy to shrug shoulders at the hopelessness of doing anything about mid-Atlantic or mid-Pacific floating islands of waste. But we can do something about those on our islands.
And, with the peak summer season approaching, it’s a good time to make some noise about ‘tidying up before you leave the beach’. Locals and tourists alike are culprits at leaving garbage. But, let’s face it, who wants to sit among rusting tuna cans, bathe among swathes of plastic bags or have to battle wasps feeding on dropped food waste?
Clearly most of us visit the beach more than once in a summer, and we’d all like to find it clean. So, make some noise, join the group, have some fun, and do your bit this weekend…
See the beach clean-ups’ Facebook group, That’s Rubbish, for more info.
Oh, and here’s some food for thought on how much waste we each produce in Malta a year; and this doesn’t include what’s dropped on the beaches:
‘In 2007, Malta produced 652 kg of municipal waste per person. This, according to Eurostat, puts Malta among the highest in the EU, alongside other worst offenders – Denmark, Ireland, Cyprus and Luxembourg.’ (Sunday Times of Malta, 24 May ’09)