Mi pueblo limpio: Retirada de residuos de la playa de Valdearenas en Piélagos, Cantabria, España

Organized by Encarni Cantero Pinto

Date & hour

Saturday 02/11/2023


Carretera CA-305, 39120, Piélagos, Cantabria, ESP


Top 10 of collected items

2 700Pieces of polystyrene 2,5-50 cm

2 300Pieces of plastic 2,5-50 cm

230Plastic bottle caps

150Glass pieces / ceramic pieces

150Plastic bags and pieces

80Sanitary waste: Tampons

60Wet wipes

50Glass bottles


40Plastic bottles except beverages (cleaning products, beauty products)


Type of collectionA pie (playa/orilla)
Number of participants105
Number of schoolchildren32
Length of beach/bank cleaned+ de 1000m
Please specify2000
Number of bags filled125
If you used other bags than the ones provided in the Ocean Initiatives, please specify their capacity:30
Do you visit this place often?No
To your knowledge, is there normally a large amount of litter in this area?
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?No
Have you noticed an excessive amount of other types of litter?No
Did you find any large or unusual waste (cars, telephone boxes, fridges)?No
Have you observed on the beache or on the riverbanks some industrial plastic pellets* also called mermaid tears?
What were the colours of the industrial plastic pellets that you observed?Transparentes, Blancos
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)?No
Avez-vous observé dans les laisses de mer des quantités importantes de granulés plastiques industriels ?
Could you estimate the quantity of pellets observed over 1 metre?1 - 10
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.)?No
- Near a river, watercourse or outlet that empties out into the sea
Please specifyRío Pas
- Near a tourist area
- Near a town
- Near a major shipping areaNo lo sé
You can specify the type of marine activities located on-site (fishing activities, shellfish aquaculture, nautical activities, sailing, port activities,...)Actividad de pesca
Please specifyDeportiva
During the course of your Ocean Initiative, did you find and collect biocarriers?No
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.Se recogieron y pesaron un total de 470 kilos de basura. Las cifras proporcionadas para los distintos elementos recogidos de la ficha son estimaciones.


Tobacco products with filters40
Pieces of plastic between 2.5 and 50 cm2300
Pieces of polystyrene between 2.5 and 50 cm2700
Confectionery packets and wrappers (crisp packets, chocolate bars, sweets, fruit purée pouches)30
Plastic bags and pieces of plastic bags150
Sandals / shoes10
Picnic dishes: cutlery15
Wet wipes (sanitary, textile)60
Food packaging (tubs, sandwich wrappers, yoghurt containers, fast food wrappers)40
Sanitary / hygienic waste: Tampons and applicators80
Medical waste plastic: Medicine packaging / tubes / vials30
Waste fishing gear: nets (including pieces of net), ropes, string, tangled nets and ropes.35
Cigarette lighters15
Plastic bottles (drinks) over 50 cl20
Plastic bottles except beverages (cleaning products, beauty products)40
Plastic bottles (drinks) under 50 cl or = to 50 cl25
Plastic bottle caps230
Inflatable balloons15
Bottle caps10
Pieces of iron or scrap iron20
Clothes, tea towels20
Glass bottles50
Glass pieces / ceramic pieces150
People sensitised
Bags collected
Butts Picked Up