JUNE 28, 2022

More than a hundred people take part in the cleaning of the Sierra Nevada ski area.

More than a hundred people, including Cetursa employees and volunteers from the Andalusian Mountaineering Federation (FAM), FANDDI, FADI, Rotary Club of Granada, Sierra Nevada Society, Civil Guard and military, among other groups have participated today in the cleaning day of the Sierra Nevada ski area organised by Cetursa and Coca-Cola and Chelonia. In total, around 2,000 kilos of rubbish were removed from the slopes and the surrounding area.

The volunteers and resort staff took the Borreguiles gondola lift and the Veleta chairlift to the top of the slopes. Before reaching 3,000 metres to start the descent, they collected supplies and equipment (gloves and bags). Jesús Ibañez, CEO of Cetursa Sierra Nevada, took advantage of the meeting of the whole group in Borreguiles to thank the participants for their willingness to carry out this environmental action.

Alfredo Peña, head of Coca-Cola, explained how this action is part of the Circular Seas initiative; a network project launched in 2018 with a triple objective: to clean coasts, protected areas and seabeds in Spain and Portugal, to promote recycling and to boost the circular economy.

Chelonia, the company organising this action, addressed the volunteers to briefly explain the need for selective collection and the use of every waste removed from nature to turn it into new products.

The cleaning groups have been distributed throughout the different areas of the resort: Veleta, Laguna, Loma de Dílar, Cauchiles, Borreguiles and Río-Maribel and have been descending collecting all kinds of materials. Sticks and ropes used to mark the pistes, remains of protective mattresses, plastics, cans and bottles make up the bulk of the elements that appear among the stones and vegetation on the pistes, although this year a large number of masks have also been removed from the ski lift lines and streams.

Sierra Nevada continues with the preparations for the opening of its facilities to the public on Saturday 2 July. From that date onwards, a wide-ranging programme of astronomy and nature, sports and music will be on offer throughout the summer season, which will last until 28 August.

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