Rachel Amoedo and Raquel GarciaRachel Amoedo and Raquel Garcia

Rachel Amoedo and Raquel Garcia

A Manx group’s plan to invite people to adopt a place of their choice and pledge to do their best to keep it litter-free of items that could harm the environment has gone global, reaching into 57 different countries including the UK, France, India, Maldives, Uruguay and the USA.

At the end of December PlasticBusters launched the global initiative inviting individuals, businesses and organisations to adopt a place of their choice, a street, a road, a river, a glen, a forest, a beach, anywhere really and pledge to do their best to keep it litter-free of items that could harm the environment. 

Raquel Garcia, Head of Communications, said: ‘Anyone committed to actively tackling litter can take part and volunteer to get involved and care for our unique UNESCO Biosphere nation – and encourage a sense of civic pride too, as volunteering for this initiative will help to complement and enhance the cleansing and grounds maintenance work of our local authorities.

‘All it requires is for participants to keep an eye on their adopted place, collecting from time to time (at least once a quarter) the litter they may find, and that they appropriately separate and bin what they collect. As the pandemic continues to strike nearly every corner of the world, limiting the possibility of participating in group clean-up activities, this is a great opportunity to support the environment on an individual basis. It’s an easy activity anyone, their kids or colleagues can do when going out for their daily exercise!’

On the Isle of Man, areas such as Port Soderick Glen, Fleshwick Bay, Summerhill Glen, Laxey Beach, Victoria Road and Pinfold Lane in Laxey have already been adopted and PlasticBusters is now focusing on increasing both the number of people and organisations and the range of areas covered. 

Those who sign up, either individually or as a business/organisation receive a personalised certificate.

You can read the full story here: 

https://www.plasticbusters.org/news/plasticbusters-adopt-a-place

This is the link to register (where you can also see the map of the places which have been adopted so far): 

https://www.plasticbusters.org/adopt-a-place