It’s sad that these need to be done – if only people would take their rubbish off the beaches….. But they don’t, so on most parts of the island, there is a regular beach clean up.

The clean ups in Playa Blanca are organised by Pura Vida Diving, Kayak Lanzarote and Cook In Lanzarote.

The group meets up on the first Saturday of each month and they clean a different beach, with the kayaks taking people to the parts not accessible from the beach.

Every second month, they are joined by divers who sweep the sea bed for rubbish, and then everyone gets to try the fabulous paella cooked up by Antonio from Cook in Lanzarote.

This time we worked on Playa Flamingo, and we arrived en masse, with loads of divers, to do our work. It’s quite hard going, because you’re constantly bending down. We collected a hug assortment of rubbish – plastic straws and cups, drinks cans, loads of serviettes and a ridiculous amount of cigarette ends. What’s so galling is that there are loads of waste bins all along the promenade.

After the beach clean up was finished, we all headed back to Pura Vida, where there was live music playing from their fabulous upstairs sun terrace and we had the paella, which we enjoyed with beers and soft drinks.

Every single one of us can help, if we adopt a simple rule:

Every time you leave the beach, grab three pieces of rubbish and put them in the bin.

Would you like to join in?

Contact Cook in Lanzarote if you’d like to participate in future editions.