Surfers Against Sewage’s (SAS) ‘Making Beaches Barefoot Friendly’ tour supported by Barefoot Wine was a great success, eclipsing last year’s fantastic effort. With the help of 600 SAS supporters we removed more than 2 tonnes of litter from the 6 beaches we visited.
Regional round ups:
NEWQUAY was hit by torrential rain, but over 40 volunteers picked up over 160kgs of litter. We even found a shopping trolley! Everyone was drenched but spirits were high and the effort was appreciated.
CROYDE was sunny and thanks to the local surf club, our local SAS Rep Mikey Corker of Loose Fit Surf Shop and Surf South West Surf School, was the best attended with over 250 beach cleaners. Even though Croyde is cleaned regularly our army of supporters found paving slabs, cookers and lots of broken glass as well as the usually plethora of plastics. More than 500kgs were collected.
BOURNEMOUTH, as was the case last year, was full of cigarette butts. Cigarette butts take 15 years to break down as they are made from 12,000 plastic fibres. 1 cigarette butt can pollute 3 litres of seawater. The 40 volunteers only picked up 65kgs but we removed thousands upon thousands of cigarette butts during the clean
LLANGENNITH was where we picked up the most litter. Just under 100 volunteers picked up over 800kgs of rubbish, including 3 car wheels and a burnt lump of fishing net that was too heavy to be weighed! As with all the beaches, the majority of the marine litter was plastics.
SALTBURN had the keenest volunteers with young and old rolling up their sleeves. A special thanks to Nick Noble for promoting the event locally. We found 4 syringes and lots of cotton buds on Saltburn, a worrying sign off a recent raw sewage spill, probably associated with the recent heavy rainfall. Again there were several car tyres and even half a tractor tyre that contributed to 486kgs collected by 100 volunteers.
BRIGHTON is a deceptive beach, as it’s mostly pebbles the litter is harder to see. But we still found bags of it. Again loads of cotton bud sticks and beach-users litter. We even found Nemo (a toy clown fish).
The 2009 SAS Making Beaches Barefoot Friendly tour built on the success of last year’s efforts. It’s a great day where we can offer everyone the opportunity to engage with and protect an environment they care about.