- This sixth edition of the cleanup has already 15 groups signed up with approximately 450 people cleaning nine coastal communities and collecting approximately 1,000 bags of trash per event.
The Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network will hold another public beach cleanup effort on November 8th in nine coastal communities along the Riviera Nayarit.
This movement is 100% community driven and made up of people who have decided to participate, without care for remuneration and answering only to their conscience. It all came together when Ana Lilia Chávez, a citizen of the area, took it upon herself to visit the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and propose this project, which today is an ongoing reality.
“I don’t belong to any nonprofit, this is strictly a personal initiative because I like to enjoy a clean beach and I’m interested in environmental conservation. We invite everyone to participate,” commented Ana Lilia. “The short term benefit is a clean beach, but the medium and long term benefits affect us all.”
More and more groups have joined in the effort; today there are 15 of them with some 450 people picking up approximately 1,000 bags of trash per event. There are also others that clean up more than once a month.
As a result, people from private enterprises have listened to their conscience and joined in. This month, Dolphin Discovery and the Surf Shop are joining in to help clean Bucerías, the area with the most groups involved in the cleanup.
The Banderas Bay City Council began their own parallel cleanup program, with their next event coming up on November 29th. The city councils of San Blas, Compostela, Santiago Ixcuintla and Tecuala are encouraged to begin their own programs as well.
For more information and comments, if you’re interested in more details about the project including the hours and meeting places or would like to propose your community join the Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network, please call 2 97 25 16 ext. 108, and someone from the Riviera Nayarit CVB will be happy to help you.