Seilán – Praia de Aguieira cleanup


Friday, september 22, 2023


13:30 h

Meeting point

Testal pier

Before the cleanup

State of the area

Cantidades de lixo:

Vermello: Bastante

Amarelo: Algún

Azul: pouco

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

Cleanup sectors


The area of action extends from Aguieira beach (Portosín) to the Seilán viaduct. It is divided into 11 zones (A, B, Classification, D, E, F, G, H, I, J and K) (See map). The waste sorting area will be set up on the esplanade between the rowing club and the viaduct (on the same site as previous years’ clean-ups).

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

Get ready at 13:30 at the meeting point, at the port of O Testal. From here all groups except E have to take the cars to travel to the remaining cleaning areas. The place where all the collected rubbish will be collected is next to the rowing club 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 in the Testal, and the people 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.

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.)

Storage points

  1. Praia de Aguieira – wooden ramp.
  2. Boa Grande (on the road).
  3. Boa Chica (on the paved access).
  4. Testal walkways.
  5. At the Red Cross.
  6. Barbecue next to Paseo de Noia.
  7. Under the viaduct.
  8. Point Paralada.
  9. Under the Seilan viaduct, south end.

Distribution of Groups

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

A: 15 P Praia de Aguieira (Portosín) and Cans river.

B: 15 P Boa Grande and Boa Chica until the 2nd no-shellfish sign.

D: 20 P From the 2nd no-shellfish sign to the Testal footbridges.

E: 15 P West Testal (beach and reeds, from the walkways to the port) and East Testal (from the port, along the beach).

F: 10 P Open (from the Red Cross).

G: 15 P Abruñeiras (Paseo de Noia).

H: 15 P Praia da Barquiña (tip of the sewage treatment plant-dock).

I: 15 P Barquiña cruise pier – Punta Paralada.

J: 15 P Punta Paralada (towards Punta Peón).

K: 15 P Punta Paralada – Seilán Viaduct.

Classification: 5 P No Testal.


In section A of Aguieira, much of the rubbish is in the river, so you’ll need high boots, if we don’t want to 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


46.684 objects

1.883 objects

90 kg


35.690 objects

480 kg


1.419 objects

80 kg


7.343 objects

55 kg

Galss & ceramics

135 objects

40 kg


214 objects

80 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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