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Gallery: Beach filled with volunteers collecting plastic and rubbish

PUBLISHED: 17:19 16 January 2018

Volunteers and the rubbish they collected.

Volunteers and the rubbish they collected.

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More than 150 people joined a beach clean at Sand Bay at the weekend.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

The Marine Conservation Society organised the clean at Sand Bay on Sunday.

The beach was packed with people picking up litter, which was mostly plastic.

Cotton bud sticks – which are wrongly flushed down toilets – were among the common finds, along with needles.

One person, who went for a beach clean in the afternoon, collected a washing up bottle sold before decimalisation, suggesting it was at least 46 years old.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

Despite the years it may have spent at sea or on the beach, it was almost entirely intact with legible writing – and shows how plastic does not break down over time.

Volunteers said it was encouraging to see so many children taking part.

The event followed two other beach cleans in Weston, also attended by more than 100 people.

Another beach clean is likely to take place at the beginning of March. For more details, follow our Cleaner Coastlines page on Facebook.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. Sand Bay beach, volunteers collecting litter at an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society.

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