Ronnie Higgins is a Fethiye resident of more than 18 years and owns a property business here, Coast2Coast Properties Turkey.

One of Ronnie’s pet hates is littering and Karataş beach in Kocaçalış is an ongoing problem area. Last week Ronnie decided to do something about it and, armed with photographs and videos of the rubbish on the beach, set out to find out who was responsible for keeping the beach clean.

Who is responsible for Karataş beach?

Karataş beach falls under the remit of the Orman Müdürlüğü (Forestry Directorate) and Ronnie went along to meet with the managers in the Fethiye office.

The manager of the Forestry Directorate was very responsive and, as a result of the meeting, agreed to work with Ronnie and carry out a clean up of the beach, canals and surrounding areas on Thursday 26 July 2018.

The clean up

Thursday arrived and the forestry people turned up in two mini buses; around 30 workers all ready with masks, gloves and bags. They were also supported by a group British residents who went along to help.

A clean and a new routine for Karataş beach A clean and a new routine for Karataş beach

A clean and a new routine for Karataş beach

Two truckloads of rubbish were collected and taken away to be disposed of.

A clean and a new routine for Karataş beach A clean and a new routine for Karataş beach

The group also spent time talking to people on the beach about what they were doing and why. It is very important to educate people on the importance of disposing of their rubbish responsibly to protect our environment.

Keeping Karataş beach clean

Ronnie will also be working with the Forestry Directorate to get signs put up in strategic places.

A clean and a new routine for Karataş beach

Most importantly of all, Karataş beach has now gone on to the forestry weekly cleaning rota and will be cleaned every Thursday. Ronnie plans to monitor this over the next month or so to enable him to feedback to the Forestry Directorate.

What an incredibly successful day.

 

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