Families urged to help turn back tide on beach litter

by James

March 3, 2019 0

Are you taking part in this year’s Great Dorset Beach Clean?

This year’s event – the 30th so far – is being held over the weekend of April 27 and 28 with confirmed locations already including Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

Litter Free Coast and Sea is organising the clear-up, which will include surveys of the types and volumes of rubbish collected from our shores.

Items binned last year included single-use items such as plastic bottles and drinks cans to fishing line and old clay pipes from years gone by.

Last year more than 500 people took part when they collected a staggering 350 bags of rubbish.

A spokesman from s Litter Free Coast and Sea aid: “It’s a fantastic event that makes a real difference to our beaches.

“People taking part carry out surveys of what’s found which helps us understand the top litter items found on our beaches.

“We then use that information to develop campaigns to try and reduce these items at source.”

The Great Dorset beach Clean, started in 1988 to mark the MARPOL convention, designed to prevent pollution of the English Channel.

According to Litter Free Coast and Sea, the majority of litter found on Dorset’s beaches is made of plastic, which steadily accumulates if not removed.

As standard plastics never degrade, they circle around the world in ocean currents and can cause long term damage.

The spokesman added: “We hope local people will once again give their time to help spruce up our spectacular coastline and make this year’s event the biggest yet.

“Each event only lasts up to two hours but helps make a lasting impact to our coast.

“But most of all, Beach Cleans are fun, free and a very worthwhile event for all ages to participate in.”

It’s so important to keep our shoreline – especially the Jurassic Coast – clean, especially with so much plastic now floating around our oceans.

Ocean Rocks founder John Tourgout said: “This is a great way to keep our wonderful coast clean and help raise awareness about the impact of litter on our shorelines and oceans.

“But it is also a great opportunity for families to venture in the great outdoors together to join in a really worthwhile activity.

“The Ocean Rocks family will be going along to help out. Hopefully we’ll see you there too!”

The Ocean Rocks team will have their Ocean Rocks t-shirts on so you can spot us – why not come and say hello.

Visit the Litter Free Coast and Sea website for more details about locations and email litterfreecoastsea@dorsetcc.gov.uk by Friday 22 March to register to take part.

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