Big Conversation: How can we clean up our beaches?
12:04pm Thursday 17th April 2014 in News
During a two-daylitter-pick 40volunteers filled atleast one bin bag ofrubbish each fromSouthends beaches.
JAMES DONNELLY, 43,FROM SURFERS AGAINSTSEWAGE
Ive been volunteering toclear up my local beacheswith Surfers AgainstSewage and you wouldntbelieve how many bluecotton buds we find. Thereason theyre there isbecause people are flushingthem down the toilet andtheyre ending up in the sea.
People dont realise thatswhere they end up and Idont blame them. I think itshould say on thepackaging do not flushand people should be madeaware they shouldnt beflushing anything like that.
ROGER FISHER, 60, OWNEROF DOODAHS
Generally speaking, Cory doa good job of litter pickingand keeping the beach prettyclean as theyre out there inforce, but one of the bigissues is the general public.Weve got a good number ofbins, but people cant alwaysbe bothered to use them andjust drop stuff where theystand. Ive got a bin ten feetaway from the front door ofDoodahs and people still cantmanage to get their litter in it.We need a bit of education toencourage people to use thebins.
PETER GRUBB, 65, OWNEROF UNCLE TOMS CABIN
Theres a very simpleanswer which is for thecouncil to spend moremoney on their contractorCory. Every year they claimto do more for less, buttheres something wrongsomewhere. They used toremove washed up seaweedand tidy the beach, but nowthey dont bother. When youdont want to do something,you find an environmentalregulation so you dont haveto do it. Seaweed is natural,but when it has tamponsand plastic straws in it, itsanother matter.
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How can we clean up our beaches?