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Toni-ann Buckle-Weaver, Director of Ebb and Flo who helped organise the clean-up.
cleaning is a modern phenomenon brought about by
members of the public who are so concerned about plastic
litter, that they are prepared to give up their time to walk
our shores with picking sticks and (ironically) plastic sacks,
to rid sections of beaches of whatever the tide and tourists
have delivered in the preceding weeks.
GRIMSBY TELEGRAPH LIVE 9 JUNE 2019
Cleethorpes beach left pristine as clean up removes rubbish and plastic for
World Ocean Day
Over a hundred volunteers came from all over the area to help with the clean-up
Cleethorpes beach is looking pristine after a big community effort to clean it up for World Ocean Day.
Over a hundred volunteers grabbed their litter pickers and eco-friendly bags to sweep the beach clean of man-made debris and restore its natural beauty.
The clean-up operation was organised by power company Ørsted, and resulted in six bin bags full of rubbish being collected.
Toni-ann Buckle-Weaver, the Director of Ebb and Flow who helped to organise the clean up, said: "We've had a lot of enthusiastic volunteers today. They have been picking up anything that is unnatural on the beach, whether it's plastic bags, litter, drinks bottles, microplastics or plastic straws - however thankfully single use plastic straws have been banned, so they're becoming less of a problem.
"As we're a tidal beach, it's important to hold regular beach cleans so that waste doesn't get washed into the sea where it can do more harm.
"People were worried they weren't collecting much rubbish, but when it was all piled together at the end in six bin bags, you could see how much of a difference it made to the beach."
VOLUNTEER BEACH CLEANERS -James, Rebekah and
Adina, who came from Scunthorpe to help the clean-up at
Cleethorpes for World Oceans Day.
World Ocean Day was celebrated around the globe on Saturday, June 8 to celebrate the seas and help protect the wildlife and biodiversity within them.
Emma Toulson, lead stakeholder advisor at Ørsted, said: "Community and coast are at the heart of what we do, so we’re thrilled to invite volunteers to join us in cleaning our local beaches in celebration of World Ocean Day.
"The World Economic Forum has said that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, and we want to do everything we can to prevent that. A clean beach means a clean ocean, which we would love for the community to enjoy now that summer is here.”
Along with overfishing and climate change, plastic
pollution is one of the biggest threats facing the ocean. However, the Cleethorpes volunteers were happy to do their part in protecting the sea on our doorstep.
Adina, a veterniary nurse who came from Scunthorpe to participate, said: "The beach is looking great - apparently they used to collect 36 bags full of rubbish each time, but now it's much less because everyone stays on top of it.
"As a veterinary nurse, I've seen what plastics in the ocean can do to marine animals like seals and seagulls.
"It's definitely important to keep the beach clean to protect them."
Over a hundred volunteers donated their time to ensure the beach was in tip-top condition, with so many attending that litter pickers running low by the end of the morning.
Angela Harrison said: "These events are great for encouraging people of all ages to understand how dangerous plastics can be and encourage them to look after the environment.
"This is the first time we've attended one, but Ebb and Flo have done a great job of encouraging people to take care of the beach."
By Jamie Waller:
AGAINST SEWAGE - Surfers Against Sewage host two huge volunteer led Beach Clean events every year - the Big Spring Beach Clean and the Awesome Autumn Beach Clean. Thanks to 35,500 people volunteering the 2018 Big Spring Beach Clean saw this group remove over 63 TONNES of marine plastic pollution and litter from 575 beaches across the UK.
Rubbish collected from Cleethorpes beach for World Ocean Day.
This rubbish, which could have been swept into the ocean, is being properly disposed of
by a Council that cares.
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