Every year, new collective purposes are taken in Costa Rica to provide greater care to our planet. 2019 began with major initiatives that have to do mainly with the cleanliness of our beaches. Approximately 1,200 volunteers, accompanied by private companies and non-profit organizations focused on environmental conservation, were the protagonists of the 2nd edition of the “Oceans National Cleanup”, where a total of 8 tons of waste were collected. The cleanup also included rivers and parks. On this occasion, the activity was organized by “Operation Rich Coast”.

Among the areas that were visited are San José, Dos Ríos, Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Limón, among others. It is worth highlighting that 45 sectors throughout Costa Rica, and even in the neighboring countries of Nicaragua and Panamá, enjoyed these incredible activities. Each place had the guidance of a coordinator; while the cleanup process was underway. Simultaneously, there was a focus on creating awareness about the effects of plastic on the oceans, and the importance of recycling and taking care of our biodiversity.

Bags containing the waste collected during the clean-up activity

Previously, on “Volunteer’s Day” (December 5th), a beach clean-up by the Costa Rican Surf Association (ACOS) with Vanessa Hollan, (who is also part of the organization), took place. On that occasion, other beaches such as Jacó, Hermosa, Azul, Guacalillo, Puntarenas, Pavones, Cieneguita, and Tamarindo were also ecologically intervened.

Costa Rica continues to be increasingly an example in sustainability, and in educating citizens and foreign visitors in the love and care of nature, assuring very positive outcomes for the nation looking forward.

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