Clear-ups around the region as volunteers take part in Great British Beach Clean
PUBLISHED: 16:44 15 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 16 September 2018
Communities around the region cleared plastic and litter from their beaches as part of a national survey.
Litter picks were held at several locations around the coast, including Southwold, Lowestoft and Heacham.
More then 40 people armed with litter picks and bags cleared rubbish off the coast between Heacham South and North Beach.
Organised by Erna Gotyar, from King’s Lynn, the beach clean formed part of the The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) 25th annual Great British Beach Clean.
Spanning 100 metres, volunteers young and old noted each find for the survey, which included wet wipes, straws, sweet wrappers, plastic bags and even a two-metre metal pipe.
“I’m quite passionate about keeping the beach clean,” Miss Gotyar said. “I have attended one of my first beach cleans exactly one year ago and it’s escalated into this big thing.”
Miss Gotyar is also single-handedly launching the Refill project in King’s Lynn in a bid to tackle single use plastic.
She is encouraging businesses in the town centre to join the campaign which allows the public to refill their water bottles for free.
After explaining the methodology of the beach clean, Miss Gotyar and the litter pickers scanned the beach for an hour to dig out the rubbish.
Laura Hutchinson helped out in the beach clean with her niece Aimee Frohawk, 4. She said: “It’s a lovely beach and this one way of giving back, keep it clean and keep the wildlife safe. And it teaches the next generation.”
India Brook-Alexander, 7, said: “I really care about the sea creatures and I don’t like them eating rubbish and dying.”
Another volunteer, Katy Drury, from Cambridge, said: “I’ve been to this beach before and know it’s fairly clean, but there’s rubbish once people have been here for the day. I find plastic bottles and straws and it’s frustrating.”
The information collected from the beach clean will be sent to MCS in order for the charity to “wage war on beach litter.” Previous surveys have helped to drive changes in the way we use plastic, including the plastic bag charge, microplastics banned in personal care products and better wet wipe labelling.
Other beach cleans for the national survey had also taken place in Hunstanton and Holt.