SANTO DOMINGO.- The cleanup of debris from Dominican Republic’s coast isn’t easy. Trash is cleaned up from some beaches but the waste soon returns.
Vida Azul Foundation director and bacteriologist Patricia Cardona said many migratory birds eat trash on the coasts and many are found dead because they mostly consume garbage.
"San Gil Fort is a beach near the capital which is our façade, but the garbage that reaches San Gil is isn’t trash thrown by the people which pass along the Malecon, it’s trash that arrives by ocean currents and comes from the communities living along the banks; the same occurs at Oviedo Lagoon.”
She said the Foundation’s experience is that plastic bags are the main waste found along the Dominican shore, followed by plastic bottles, Styrofoam and glass articles and plastic cutlery.
Cardona noted however the areas where things have changed. “One of them is Iris Beach, Nagua, where there was a lot of plastic waste and Styrofoam, but it’s healthy today.”
Vida Azul announced its annual coastal cleanup for September 15, in 157 sites, surpassing last year’s 132 localities.