We’ve been running local beach cleans for a few years now. On average, 50 or 60 volunteers turn up to each one, which is amazing – thank you to everyone who has ever come along.

We can collect around 8 to 10 big bin bags full of litter each time. Interestingly, different beaches have different problems. Torre Abbey Sands are notorious for cigarette butts, for example. People don’t see these as litter, but they are - and they can threaten marine life. We found over 400 on that beach alone in August last year. At Beacon Cove the problem is broken glass bottles and discarded cans as students tend to go there for parties.

We find obvious things like fishing hooks, lines and nets – and on one occasion, a whole lobster trap washed in by the tide. The more unusual items include old iPhones, tyres and bits of old bed frame!

The main problem is, of course, plastic. Plastic bottles, lids and crisp packets are what we come across most. Even well-maintained beaches such as Goodrington and Preston can have a problem. At first glance you might not see much, but dig deeper and you’ll find a lot of micro plastics. On Preston beach this year our volunteers spent an hour picking up tiny polystyrene balls (the kind you find in bean bags) that were all along the beach - there were hundreds of them!

It’s free to join in and we provide all the equipment you need. It’s fun and very satisfying to do something for your favourite beach.

Where next?

Saturday 21st July - Breakwater Beach, Brixham. 5.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Wednesday 8th August - Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay. 9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m.

Saturday 15th September - Beacon Cove, Torquay. 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.


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