Garbage in the nature of Alharafe is a real problem that has already reached almost to the gates of urban areas. This was confirmed this Saturday morning by volunteers from the area, organized by the Sustainable Valencina platform and supported by Quique Bolsitas, an environmental activist whose aim is to make the public and the administrations aware of the extreme climate situation that Andalusia suffers from, especially in the field of management of the waste.
A total of 18 people managed to collect half a ton of garbage in the area of the famous “Camino de los Cristianos”. A street located in Gines that enters through a dirt route in the fields of Valencina de la Concepción and Espartinas. Unfenced farms that have become illegal dumps, where 500 kilograms of “garbage” have been removed, the term that combines garbage and nature that floods all of Alharafe.
Separate selection of garbage in nature
Glass bottles, refrigerators, shoes, tires, clothes, cans, plastic bags, tiles or batteries are some of the waste encountered by Valencina Sustainable volunteers. “There is waste here that has been decomposing and polluting for years. A time during which the population and the administration looked elsewhere. I think we’re at an optimal moment of awareness to take action on this,” he explains to Digital Aljarafe Quique Bolsitas, activist influencer who accompanied the mission.
Anyway, as of this Saturday, thanks to the persistence of its neighbors and the blockage, the fields of Aljarafe have 300 kilograms less glass, 100 plastic, 20 organic and 70 different items, which are expected to end up in one place suitable for treatment, reuse and recycling.
The cause of the youngest
Carlos and Antonio are two students from Guerena Institute who joined the cause. To his credit, two tons of trash saved from unthinkable places. “It is very important for us as a generation to do everything we can to stop climate change, and although we started with archaeological questions, looking for Roman or prehistoric remains in Aljarafe, we realized that we could combine the two passions.” So as we learn our history, we also protect and cleanse it.
They belong to @arqueoploggingerena and together with Carlos Junior, a boy from Olivares Elementary School, they were the youngest representative of the expedition to enter a place that was a relief for many citizens during the pandemic. “Oxygen valve for our walks with children, pets, and practicing sports that sink in garbage.”
Request for assistance to the Commonwealth of Guadalquivir
All these actions are carried out by informing the municipal councils concerned and the Association of Guadalquivir, the waste management company in Aljarafe. She was asked to go to the site in front of the Casa Carriles bar in Gines to deposit the separated garbage in green bags for glass, white for plastic and blue for the rest, as soon as possible.
“It is obvious that we cannot transport and load certain waste because we lack the technical and human resources to do so, but we trust the harmony between administrations and volunteers to put an end to this scourge,” says Juan Daniel Benitez , member of Valencina Sustainable.
what is a blockage
Plogging is a practice that combines outdoor exercise with waste collection. It’s about taking advantage of any physical activity outdoors to pick up the scum found on beaches, mountains, fields and cities. The word plogging comes from the combination of the English word “jogging” (walking at a certain pace) and the Swedish expression “plocka upp” (to pick up).
The organizer of this activity was Erik Ahlström in Stockholm, but since 2018 it has spread all over the world. The phenomenon Greta Thunberg was able to give visibility to this way of walking and contribute to the environment. Now he came to Aljarafe to stay.