In pictures: Hundreds join Weston-super-Mare beach cleans

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 April 2018

Volunteers ready to start the clean up.

Volunteers ready to start the clean up.

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Hundreds of people visited Weston’s beaches over the weekend to take part in spring clean-ups.

Volunteers ready to start the clean up.Volunteers ready to start the clean up.

The first, at Uphill on Saturday, was hosted by Weston Chamber of Commerce and organised in conjunction with the Mercury as part of the Cleaner Coastlines Campaign.

The second took place on Sunday, where the Marine Conservation Society held a litter-pick at Sand Bay.

Nearly 30kg of general waste and 14kg of plastic was collected on Saturday.

The vast majority of plastic was food and drink-related, including bottle tops, and polystyrene fish and chip boxes.

Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.

Plastic cotton bud sticks which had wrongly been flushed down the toilet were collected in abundance.

Some volunteers concentrated on collecting very small discs of plastic used in manufacturing, called nurdles. They found 215 in a short space of time.

Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.

Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.

Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.

Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.

Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.

Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.

Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.Volunteers collecting and documenting beach litter.

The BBC filming volunteers ready to start the clean up.The BBC filming volunteers ready to start the clean up.

The BBC filming the clean up.The BBC filming the clean up.

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