Conservation group Parley for the Oceans has released a video showing waves of garbage—mainly plastic—pouring onto a beach in the Dominican Republic. A severe storm brought huge amounts of plastic waste to the shores of Montesinos Beach in the capital, Santo Domingo, including bottles, cups, straws, and styrofoam boxes.
“Seeing this firsthand is absolutely shocking,” said Parley’s Carmen Danae Chamorro, “but what’s worse is that this is not news in Santo Domingo. This situation happens every time it rains heavily. That’s why it’s important to shine a light on what has been ignored.” The organization is leading a major clean-up at the site, supported by the city’s mayor and the government. In just the first three days, 500 workers collected over 30 tons of waste.
Parley estimates that six tons of this plastic can be recycled into products such as running shoes or sports shirts. Adidas has previously worked with the group to produce more than a million shoes manufactured from collected plastic waste. As well as working on programs that raise awareness about the issue, the government is trying to improve the island’s recycling infrastructure.
“In the past we sent postcards with magical beaches and palm trees,” said Founder of Parley Cyrill Gutsch of the country’s once-idyllic landscape. “Now, it's waves of plastic trash. Unless we all act now, future generations won't even believe the postcard scenes ever existed.”
Watch the clip below and read more on Parley’s website.
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