Monday, September 15, 2014

Join the ‘Great British Beach Clean’ this Sunday in Deal

Deal With It, Deal’s local community Green group, next Deal Beach Clean this coming Sunday (21st September) is part of a nationwide campaign the ‘Great British Beach Clean’ this weekend.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it hopes to get a record number of people cleaning beaches around the UK during its Great British Beach Clean weekend. The Deal beach clean will be one of seventeen happening in Kent and about 400 around the country.

Tom Bell, MCS Campaigns Manager, says the event hopes to return many of Britain’s beaches to their halcyon days of the 50’s and 60’s, before we became a throw away society resulting in thousands of pieces of litter, including vast amounts of plastic, along every kilometre of the UK’s coastline.

“Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches. We throw more stuff away than ever. Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks.

We flush stuff down the loo we shouldn’t, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches. We want to see people turning out to clean up their favourite or local beach during our Great British Beach Clean weekend – please don’t turn your back out beaches.”

Wendy Boorman, Deal Beach Warden said “This Sunday’s Beach clean is part of our regular work with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), who tracks how rubbish is affecting our coastline. Every year rubbish, as well as being unsightly eyesore on our beaches, kills and maims local marine wildlife.

This Sunday’s beach Clean will start at 9am at the Deal Pier. Beach Cleans last for about one to two hours depending on what there is to find, numbers and weather. We supply pickers, gloves, sacks and the MCS logging sheets. The only thing volunteers need to bring is their enthusiasm and perhaps suitable dress for our weather.”

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