A beautiful day for a beach clean!

SAS Autumn Beach Clean Series: Cambois 22nd October 2017

Our Biggest Haul Yet!

193kg in 90 minutes

We're always really lucky with the weather for our beach cleans! The bright skies and autumn breeze helped our volunteers collect our heaviest haul yet!

As usual, there was A LOT of dog poo. We're always gobsmacked at the attitude of irresponsible dog owners. If you're not going to bin it, why bother buying a poo bag, bagging the poo and leaving it "hidden" in the dunes?! Although unsightly and unhygienic, at least unbagged poo can degrade. A plastic bag of poo is left for years. 

We pulled in a lot of larger items. Mostly from the carpark discarded by fly tippers, but there were some interesting finds on the beach. There was a lot of industrial rubbish strewn on the sand. Our volunteers found what they believe to be conveyor belt material - likely from the factories around Cambois. There was also a lot of metal that had rusted in the elements. 

Our main concern was the amount of microplastics found on the strand line. We noticed a big increase in the amount of nurdles amongst the seaweed. Could it be a result of the rough seas from recent storms? There was also a lot of sanitary waste like cotton bud sticks. Many people don't realise that throwing anything other than paper, poo and pee down the pan means bad news for our rivers and beaches! Items like wet wipes, cotton buds, applicators etc. should never be flushed. They cause major problems in the sewer lines and will most likely not be filtered out during waste water processing. They end up in the ocean and on our beaches and pose a threat to marine wildlife. It's thought that 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the sea every year. By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish. Animals mistake plastic for a meal and as it enters the food cycle, the fish we eat contain microplastics. 

How Can We Reduce Plastic?

Look out for upcoming underwater and beach clean ups on our Facebook page. Of course, you don’t need to wait for an organised event to make a difference – grab a bag and conduct your own 2 Minute Beach Clean on your next coastal visit.

Posted in Environment.

Nic Emery

Nic is one of the co-founders of The Fifth Point. She is a Master Instructor with a keen interest in environmental conservation.

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