Esteiro – Barquiña (Outes) cleanup


Friday, september 15, 2023


9:00 h

Meeting point

O Freixo dock

Before the cleanup

State of the area

The map shows the amounts of trash detected in the cleaning area

Cleanup sectors


The performance area extends from Esteiro to Barquiña de San Cosme. It is divided into 10 zones (A, B, Classification, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J) (See map). The waste classification area will be set up next to the O Freixo (Outes) market building.

Each zone has a group of participants associated with the corresponding coordinators.

Get ready at 09:00 at the meeting point, at O Freixo pier. From here all groups except E have to take the cars to travel to the remaining cleaning areas. The place where all the collected garbage will be collected is next to the O Freixo market building; at the end of the cleaning, we return to this point, to help where necessary and sign the assistance part.

IMPORTANT: Everyone must sign the attendance part before leaving, in order to justify their participation; a copy will be provided as proof. The minimum working time is 4 hours. The place where the assistance part will be signed is the classification zone at Freixo, and those in charge are Rafa and Pancho (from Arcea), together with Quico (president of the group) and other members of the group’s board.

New cleanup conditions

In preparation for the two scheduled cleanings of ECONOIA 4, we noticed that there is less trash. This forces us to modify the way in which we were organized until now. The cleaning sections are wider than those of past cleanings, they have a smaller number of people assigned, and we cover a larger area of benches in one cleaning. At an organizational level, this means added complications to the already usual ones so that everything fits together in the best possible way. For this reason, the waste from each sector will be classified and counted as it is collected. The goal to achieve is that we do not have to collect it twice, once in the banks and then another in classification. Plastic will no longer be separated into large, medium, small and microplastics. It is thrown and counted all together

Required material

  • work gloves,
  • brotherhood surveillance vest,
  • appropriate clothing/footwear. High boots for those who go to Esteiro  or shoes to get wet.
  • sharp razor to cut tangled ropes, hood (they are missing ¡¡¡).
  • Small hoe for digging up waste. IMPORTANT!
  • Water from home (there will be bottles, but we are generating new waste that we could save)

Waste to collect

  • Plastics (big, small and tiny!)
  • rubber
  • glass
  • porcelain
  • tiles
  • Metal
  • textiles
  • Treated/painted wood (pallets, boat parts, etc.)


Waste NOT to collect:

  • Organic (food scraps and similar)
  • Debris (uralite, piles of bricks,…)

Storage points

  1. Esteiro beach car park.
  2. Ramp next to the Esteiro pavilion bridge.
  3. Bottom of the drought of Broña (there is an entrance for vehicles).
  4. Shipyard rehabilitated from the Broña drought.
  5. Punta Requeixo picnic area.
  6. Pier of the Barquiña de San Cosme port.

Distribution of Groups

To be distributed at the meeting point. At least one coordinator will go with each group. (P= people)

A: 20 P Río Maior up from the pavilion bridge.

B: 20 P Banks of Esteiro I.

D: 20 P Banks of Esteiro II.

E: 15 P Lonxa de O Freixo – before the sawmill wall (includes Ramais seafood)

F: 20 P Seca de Broña.

G: 10 P Background of the Broña drought.

H: 10 P Punta Requeixo and surroundings.

I: 15 P Curd Cove.

J: 25 P Banco da Barquiña de Outes.

Rating: 5 P No Freixo, next to the market building.


Section D of Esteiro is the most physically demanding. We have three bowls to remove that have to be smashed with a sledgehammer to get them out.

Similarly, in sections A and B, also in Esteiro, the entire river bed must be thoroughly checked (it has buried clothes, tires and traps), so it will be necessary to wear higher water boots if we do not want to get our feet wet, or shoes for get wet

Things to take into account

Attention to unknown liquids – do not pour!

Bulky, transport without putting them in bags.

We also collect small pieces of plastic, as they are the first to enter the food chain and can end up affecting the seafood. (they are no longer separated, the plastic is counted all together)

The syringes we find are NEVER PUT IN A BAG MIXED WITH OTHER GARBAGE, we give them to the group coordinator.

The cleanup


People that took part



Removed waste

1.795 Kg

75.636 objects

2.054 objects

190 kg


37.270 objects

425 kg


1.385 objects

140 kg


34.256 objects

150 kg

Galss & ceramics

478 objects

290 kg


193 objects

600 kg

Concello de Noia
Berberecho de Noia
Liceo de Noia
Asoc. Mar de Noia
Concello de Outes
Azul de Portosín
Confraría Portosín
Concello de Porto do Son
Concello de Muros
Museo de memoria mariñeira
Asoc. A Creba. Saúde mental
Asoc. Redeiras Portosín
Asoc. Empresarios Portosín
Veleiro Joaquín Vieta

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