Environment Ministry cleans up 500,000 pounds of pollutants
Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry removed around 500,000 pounds of solid waste polluting the country’s important natural resources and strategic areas during 2012, in coordination with municipalities, social organizations, business and educational groups.
Environment minister Bautista Rojas made the announcement Tuesday, and said the trash was removed from 77 beaches and 25 river banks, and delicate environmental and public spaces, in an area of 184 linear kilometers.
He said the classification showed that most of the garbage is plastic bottles and caps, plates, cutlery, cups and bags, of which were collected 27,396 bags and disposed by the towns in coastal provinces.
The official said the program to clean and maintain beaches, rivers and environmental areas will continue into 2013, to secure the landscape and prevent pollution in bodies of water.
The trash was picked up during 27 cleanups in San Cristóbal, Samaná, Peravia, Barahona, La Altagracia and Azua provinces and the National District, among other coastal areas.
Rojas said areas more than 20,000 volunteers took part in the environmental protection effort to clean up countryside and coastal areas.
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