The first Beach Cleanup Network activity of 2017 took place on Saturday, January 14, the 32nd event of its kind since it began, with the Isla de Mexcaltitán adding more volunteers to its ranks.
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“The positive effect continues to ripple out,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The work of these groups has been slow but steady. It’s interesting to point out there are usually about 15 groups working on each cleanup, but there are more than 20—some can work on certain days but not on others. For example, the hotel groups are out right now because of high season, they’re super busy and it’s understandable.”
The Voluntary Cleanup Group from the Isla de Mexcaltitán continues adding men and teens to the ladies who founded it. This time around they have added 20 volunteers, bringing their number up to 60 permanent members.
That number jumps to 80 when the children from the Manuel Uribe Elementary School are available to help. This includes very young kids who, besides helping with the cleanup, are also generating a cultural shift in the care of the environment.
Last Saturday the BCN worked in Bucerías, Punta de Mita, La Manzanilla, Playas de Huanacaxtle and the plaza in the town of La Cruz, San Pancho, Sayulita, La Peñita de Jaltemba, Playa el Borrego, Boca de Camichín and the Isla de Mexcaltitán.
The tourism service providers of Punta de Mita are doing their part at the Islas on Monday, January 16.