Date & hour

Saturday 01/08/2022


Praia das Maçãs, Esplanda Vasco da Gama, 2705-300, Praia das Maçãs, Sintra, Lisboa, PRT


Top 10 of collected items

132Sanitary waste: Cotton swabs

132Lollipop sticks

96Pieces of plastic 2,5-50 cm

87Pieces of polystyrene 2,5-50 cm

58Fishing : nets and ropes (Ø < 1cm)


37Sandals / shoes

33Confectionery packets and wrappers

30Tobacco products with filters

30Plastic bottle caps


Type of collectionA pied (plage/berges)
Number of participants10
Number of schoolchildren3
Length of beach/bank cleanedDe 200 à 500m
Number of bags filled5
Do you visit this place often?Oui
To your knowledge, is there normally a large amount of litter in this area?Oui
In your opinion, has the beach been cleaned (presence of beach cleaning machine tracks or beach cleaned regularly) over the two weeks preceding the clean-up?Oui
Have you noticed an excessive amount of other types of litter?Oui
Please specifyWood with plastic glued to it. Big planks etc.. 7 or 8 at least..
Did you find any large or unusual waste (cars, telephone boxes, fridges)?Non
Have you observed on the beache or on the riverbanks some industrial plastic pellets* also called mermaid tears?Oui
Have you observed on the top of the beach some big densities of industrial plastic pellets (sign of an ancient accumulation linked to spring tides)?Oui
Could you estimate the quantity of pellets observed over 1 metre?1 - 10
Avez-vous observé dans les laisses de mer des quantités importantes de granulés plastiques industriels ?Oui
Could you estimate the quantity of pellets observed over 1 metre?1 - 10
What were the colours of the industrial plastic pellets that you observed?Transparent, Blanc, Noir, Rouge, Autre
Are you aware of any event in the area that could cause a higher presence of litter (community or private parties, unusual weather conditions, beach parties, etc.)?Oui
- Events linked to human work / installations (work sites, construction…)Oui
Specify whichA river flows towards the beach which crosses several towns that discharge factory, agricultural, construction and private waste
Events linked to festive activities (community or private festivals, parties on the beach, sporting events…)Non
- Exceptional meteorological events (high tides, floods, storms…)Non
- Near a river, watercourse or outlet that empties out into the seaOui
Please specifyRiver flowing into the Ocean
- Near a major shipping areaOui
- Near a tourist areaOui
- Near a townOui
You can specify the type of marine activities located on-site (fishing activities, shellfish aquaculture, nautical activities, sailing, port activities,...)Activités de pêche
Please specifyOn the beach, on the rocks and on fishing boats
Please specifyNone
During the course of your Ocean Initiative, did you find and collect biocarriers?Non
Do not hesitate to ask us questions about the wastes you have found or to write us anything that seems useful for the Ocean Initiatives. Feel free, the best ideas never remain stowed in the drawers.It was very gratifying to see that beyond the volunteers who took part many beach ongoers started to participate as well from children to elder people and many were interested in reading the placard which raises awareness. Most of the waste is expelled by the strong Atlantic swells and winds to shore, from the river, from fishingboats and from waste people leave on the beach. The main waste was styrofoam, quetips, plastic particles from bigger plastic objects like fish drawers. There is also a lot of plastic of unknown origin and cigarettes. How can we try to find out where it comes from and act so that it stops being dumped into the oceans, rivers, lakes etc?? That is my biggest question and the one that will stop more waste being piled up and washed up on the beaches or lain on the seabed destroying their habitats. Thank you


Tobacco products with filters30
Plastic bottles (drinks) under 50 cl or = to 50 cl2
Plastic bottles (drinks) over 50 cl5
Plastic bottle caps30
Food packaging (tubs, sandwich wrappers, yoghurt containers, fast food wrappers)20
Plastic bottles except beverages (cleaning products, beauty products)13
Plastic bags and pieces of plastic bags23
Confectionery packets and wrappers (crisp packets, chocolate bars, sweets, fruit purée pouches)33
Lollipop sticks132
Medical waste plastic: Medicine packaging / tubes / vials18
Sanitary / hygienic waste: Cotton swabs132
Sanitary / hygienic waste: Tampons and applicators26
Sanitary: Mask0
Wet wipes (sanitary, textile)5
Pieces of polystyrene between 2.5 and 50 cm87
Pieces of plastic between 2.5 and 50 cm96
Plastic cups, including lid12
Picnic dishes: plates0
Picnic dishes: cutlery5
Waste fishing gear: nets (including pieces of net), ropes, string, tangled nets and ropes.58
Waste fishing gear: fishing lines, hooks, bait boxes14
Shotgun cartridges6
Inflatable balloons0
Cigarette lighters7
Sandals / shoes37
Glass bottles0
Glass pieces / ceramic pieces0
Bottle caps13
Pieces of iron or scrap iron6
Clothes, tea towels3
People sensitised
Bags collected
Butts Picked Up