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Rhodes beaches get a big clean-up

Rhodes beaches get a big clean-up.

Thousands turned out to give the beaches of Rhodes a massive clean-up in time for the 2013 tourist season. Organisers were astonished at the number volunteers who turned up for a 'Let's Do It Greece' resort cleaning day. An estimated 4,000 people took to the streets and to the sands to clear rubbish and litter, a number that exceeded all expectations.

Volunteer groups, organisations, associations, unions, private companies and individuals brought rakes, brooms, shovels and rubbish bags for the big beach clean-up.

All the main beach areas around Rhodes city got a clean sweep as did beaches all over the island of Rhodes including Trianta, Faliraki and Lindos.

Other islands joined in the beach sweep including Kalymnos, Patmos and Leros. And it wasn't just beaches that got a clean sweep. Divers cleared undersea rubbish as litter was cleared from parks and other public places while street signs got a wash.

The mayor of Rhodes, Stathis Kousournas, thanked the volunteers for all their hard work and hoped the clean-up would make everyone more aware of their environment.

He added: "We feel the need to not only thank our volunteers, clubs, organizations but we promise that together we can change the image of Rhodes."

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