On the morning of April 17th, the Kraken crew disembarked on Porto Santo Island during 5 days of intense clean ups and 4 awareness raising visits in front of 100 students of the elementary school of the island.
Thanks to the mayor and his deputy Sofia Santos, our mission was carried out in the best possible conditions: They provided us with a bus to get to the clean-up points selected by them and the organization of awareness raising visits on the boat.
Despite everything, surprises never stopped during our stay.
To our great surprise, when we arrived at the places we were going to clean-up, each one of them seemed relatively clean. However, the Kraken crew doesn’t get impressed easily.
Without a doubt, the seaside of Porto Santo is regularly cleaned by the city with the help of machines dedicated to this task. However, these ones forget the nature around the beaches which hide all types of wastes stopped in their way to the sea, the surrounding areas of bars and restaurants covered with cigarette butts, tarpaulins covered with oil that were buried (voluntarily?) decades ago under the fine sand of the gorgeous beaches of this paradise island.
Some Paths of Improvement
After this collection of wastes carried out by the volunteers of Wings of the Ocean, all what the whole crew can do is to suggest some recommendations to the city of Porto Santo in order to keep this place as well as possible.
Following the 1950 cigarette butts collected on the Praia do Ribero Cochino Beach, we think it is mandatory to raise greater awareness among inhabitants and tourists concerning not only the damaging effects that this small waste can bring, but also the installation of ashtrays directly on the beaches.
Concerning the big-size wastes, why not install waste containers at the bay entrance so each one of us can throw the garbage of the day following the joy of sun on the seaside?
Although we collected 1052kg after 5 clean-up sessions, we left Porto Santo in peace.
Indeed, it is with great joy that we passed the torch to Pascal and Caroline who will wear the colors of Wings of the Ocean on the island along with the creation of a local branch, which, we hope, will privilege the same attention and support that we received from the city hall the day we arrived.
People of Porto Santo, are you ready? The next clean-up will take place on April 30th!
Do you want more numbers?
During their visit to Porto Santo, the volunteers of Kraken collected 304 kg of non-recyclable plastic, 1985 cigarette butts, 165 kg of metal, 3 kg of paper/cardboard, 112 kg of rubber, 87 kg of wood, 79 kg of glass and ceramic, 21 kg textile, 184 kg of rope and 71 kg of everything (the rest, so to speak).
Who did it better? See you on the next stopover.