Beach clean is huge success as young and old volunteer
By Samuel Poole
THE organiser of a beach clean has been left overwhelmed with pride as almost 100 people volunteered their time to support Hayling Island's shoreline over the Easter weekend.
The Final Straw Solent, which is campaigning for people to stop using single-use plastics, patrolled the Hayling Island shoreline to collect litter.
At least 65 bags of rubbish were collected. Much of the waste included plastic bottles, straws and cotton bud sticks. Carpet, tyres and a deflated rubber dingy were also lugged down to the collection point too.
Bianca Carr, who oversees the project, says the turn out was incredible.
She said: “We are so grateful to all the fantastic volunteers who have come to help. I’m blown away by the number of young families who are here – it’s so important to teach the next generation that we need to take care of our environment.”
Collectively, the UK and the USA dispose of 550 million plastic straws every day. Globally, around 8 million tonnes of plastic is poured into the ocean every year.
Bianca added: “Our seas and coastlines are in the middle of a plastic crisis, and we all need to start reducing the amount of single-use plastic that we buy and taking responsibility for cleaning up after ourselves.”
The army of volunteers didn’t miss out on their Easter chocolate fix as local chocolatier, Montezumas based at Chichester, were handed the sweet.
Meanwhile, The Final Straw Solent will continue to encourage local people to limit or eradicate the use of plastics such as straws, bottles and non-reusable bags.
For more information on the work The Final Straw Solent is having on your area – go to: www.finalstrawsolent.org