Santo Domingo.- Exactly 196,988 pounds of trash were removed from more than 140 kilometers of the country’s beaches, rivers and streams, during the Vida Azul Foundation’s yearly Coastal Cleanup Day.
The cleanup conducted on September 15 gathered more than 20,000 volunteers, who recovered the areas and protected of the environment of more than 90 beaches, streams and rivers across the country.
The Environment and Tourism ministries, the Navy and local city councils, among others, took part in the activity conducted around the world to mark International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Vida Azul president José Ureña said he’s satisfied with the results. "The volunteers came to the 143 cleanup locations, sending a clear message of responsibility to our environment in, which has become the largest environmental activity in the country."
"The aim is to collect information from the trash to implement a plan of action to help educate the public."