Since the deal between Turkey and EU in March 2016, the European borders have been closed to the refugees and the dozens of boats arriving daily on Lesvos have now stopped. Lesvos island has always been an important point of arrival for refugees leaving Turkey to Greece. At the height of the crisis, dozens of boats crossed the Aegean Sea every day to reach the shores of Lesvos. Each boat also meant an important amount of trash from the life jackets worn by each of the fifty or so refugees on the boat and from the discarded dinghy boat in itself.
Back in 2015, it was extremely difficult to clean the beaches as every other day would bring more trash but volunteers were already doing the best they could. One year later, most of the beaches are clean but the issue of the garbage is still not resolved on the island. Many teams of volunteers are working hard to reach and clean the most remote beaches that are difficult to reach.
A photo essay from June 2016 on Lesvos Island, Greece.