Beach Litter 2015
From April to May 2015, 29 Italian beaches and 25 other Mediterranean beaches were studied with the aim of recording the quantity and types of waste on shore.
Recording the most common sort of waste, the possible origin, and other parameters, this survey reports a dangerous phenomenon for the environment, tourism, and the economy. It’s necessary to implement programs for waste reduction in seas and on coastal strips, as provided by European Directive Marine Strategy.
Since 1995 Legambiente has been coordinating associations, schools and local institutions which decide to commit themselves to clean up beaches and natural sites on the last week end of May. The action is diffused in 21 Mediterranean countries to clean up the coasts and natural reserves from litter of any sort generated by wrong human activities. The main purpose of our Campaign is not only that of physically removing waste but also raising awareness and educating the community. In 2015 the appointment was on 22-23-24 May.