‘Horrendous’ amount of plastic on Weston beaches hurting marine life – diver calls for litter-pick help

PUBLISHED: 15:28 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:36 11 July 2017

The litter collected by Jeff George, pictured, right.

The litter collected by Jeff George, pictured, right.

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A diving instructor from Weston-super-Mare has committed himself to helping the environment by going on regular beach litter-picks – and he is inviting more people to take part.

Jeff George.Jeff George.

Jeff George, aged 44, said looking after the environment goes hand in hand with his passion for diving.

He first became aware of the danger microplastics pose to the environment while watching Countryfile. These small pieces of plastic, which are about 5mm long, are hard to spot with the naked eye and can be easily eaten by marine life.

Litter found on the beach by Jeff George.Litter found on the beach by Jeff George.

Jeff was inspired by the programme, and his background in diving, to visit Sand Bay and the beaches in Burnham-on-Sea to start clearing some of the litter.

Jeff said: “The amount of rubbish I am finding at Sand Bay is horrendous.

Some of the litter Jeff George has collected from the beaches near Weston-super-Mare.Some of the litter Jeff George has collected from the beaches near Weston-super-Mare.

“I would like to invite people to join me to try to clear up the beach and along the Toll Road with me.”

To find out when Jeff will next be litter-picking search for Jeff’s Diving World on Facebook.

Jeff George collected this litter.Jeff George collected this litter.

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