A total of 453 Scouts collected 11 tons of rubbish along the edge of the EN125 national road last weekend. The event, organised by the Junta Metropolitana do Algarve (AMAL) and 12 Algarvean concelhos, was a Scout initiative designed to encourage children to get involved in community work and teach them to take care of their surroundings. Dressed in fluorescent safety jackets, the various teams covered 100 kilometres of the EN125, and one of the scouts revealed that the amount of rubbish thrown by the side of the road was “shameful – for every 100 metres, an average of 10kgs of rubbish was collected”.
“We only did it during the morning because of the children’s ages, but they worked very hard and they should be very proud of themselves. They cleaned along 116 kilometres of the road, but we are going to repeat this and hopefully clean up the last 45 kilometres,” said AMAL President, Macário Correia.