Cleanups are immensely important and unfortunately will continue to be for many years, so long as humans allow the land and seas to be polluted with waste materials such as plastics. The rubbish collected has been removed from a nature-sensitive area and will go to landfill or recycling.
Cyprus produces 640 kilos of municipal waste per person every year, much higher than the EU average of 482 kilos. So as well as cleaning up our environment, we all need to consider how to reduce the amount of waste we generate. We should maximize our use of reusable items and avoid single-use, disposable ones. Reuse systems such as deposit-and-return must become the norm. Environmental education needs to be built into our school curricula. Together can we work towards a cleaner world and a more circular economy, in an effort to benefit humans and all other species.