Join in: Volunteers invited to clean-up Weston's beach on week of plastic-free coastline campaign launch

PUBLISHED: 12:30 19 October 2017

The Cleaner Coastlines campaign begins this week.

The Cleaner Coastlines campaign begins this week.

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A beach clean will take place in Weston-super-Mare next week, and people are invited to play their part in clearing up the rubbish.

Weston Chamber of Commerce has organised the clean-up in conjunction with the Mercury, and it is due to take place on October 29.

It is being held as part of Surfers Against Sewage’s week-long Awesome Autumn Beach Clean event.

At a recent litter-pick at Sand Bay, volunteers collected 1,850 items – around 18 things per metre searched.

In total, 79.5 per cent of it was plastic and polystyrene, while there was also 193 pieces of sanitary waste, and 33 pieces of metal.

It is estimated 25 per cent of the rubbish was caused by the public, and six per cent was from fishing.

To join the beach clean, meet by the Tropicana at 10am for a safety talk.

It will finish at noon, and volunteers are being asked to take along some gardening gloves. Other equipment will be provided.

The Mercury is launching a new plastic campaign on October 26. Sign up to the Facebook group by searching Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset plastic-free campaign.

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