Beach Clean Ups
Beaches are where the sea meets the land and are an exceptional habitat for indicating what is going on in our oceans. Unfortunately, if you are to visit any beach these days, you will find evidence that our oceans are in crisis. The sand may look pristine, but a closer look will reveal micro plastics in the tide line and tiny pieces of rope aka. ghost fishing gear.
To tackle this problem, we can all become stakeholders in the well-being of our beaches; this means embarking on a beach clean up whenever we visit them – not just enjoying the natural beauty or properties, but actively caring for them. For a beach clean up all you need is some protective gloves and a container to collect your litter.
Small groups can have a big impact! Beach cleanups and park cleanups are especially popular with groups.
Go out on your own! Whether a lot or a little, every piece of litter removed makes a difference.
Top items usually found:
1. Plastic/polystyrene pieces (0-50cm)
3. Cigarette stubs
4. Packets (crisp, sweet, lolly, sandwich)
5. String/cord (thickness 0-1cm)
6. Caps & lids
7. Cotton bud sticks
8. Fishing net (small)
9. Fishing line
10. Plastic/polystyreme (other)