VIDEO: First Cleaner Coastlines beach clean attracts more than 100 eager volunteers
PUBLISHED: 09:35 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 31 October 2017
More than 100 people joined forces for a beach clean in Weston-super-Mare on Sunday morning to mark the start of our Cleaner Coastlines campaign - collecting around 160kg of rubbish.
Around 130 volunteers, including children and the 1st Weston Village Scouts and Cubs groups, donned gardening gloves to collect plastic and other rubbish from the beach.
In total, 83 bags of rubbish were filled, reaching an estimated 160kg.
Most of the rubbish was plastic, and bottle caps, straws and cotton bud sticks were the most common finds.
These small bits of plastic can be particularly harmful as they break down into smaller pieces and fish and birds can mistake it for food.
Among the unusual finds were a plastic dinosaur toy, a road traffic cone and a lump of melted plastic.
We are working alongside Weston Chamber of Commerce and North Somerset Council to achieve plastic-free coastline status for Weston. The status involves individuals and businesses reducing their plastic waste, but also needs community support.
Debbie Apted, from the chamber, which organised the event, said: “It has been a fantastic start to our Cleaner Coastlines campaign.”
Simply search on Facebook for Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset plastic-free campaign to get involved. In the coming weeks, we will be showing the small changes businesses and individuals can make to help Weston get Plastic-Free Coastline Status.