sackfuls of rubbish collected in Burnham-On-Sea beach clean
sackfuls of plastic waste were collected from Burnham-On-Sea beach
by an army of volunteers on Saturday (December 16th).
of 30 helpers - including Burnham's MP James Heappey - took part
in the clean-up along the river banks and beach from the jetty to
the Sailing Club.
BBC's Blue Planet programme and a new campaign to make
Burnham-On-Sea beaches plastic-free have boosted local interest
in the clean-up efforts.
Mark Hollidge told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Wow, what a morning
- 15 newcomers bolstered our existing group and took us up to 30
volunteers, our largest ever number."
of the new volunteers commented that they had felt inspired by the
Blue Planet TV programme to come along and have a go."
cleared the river estuary section and the beach from the jetty down
to the sailing club. We were delighted that the MP and a couple
of local councillors took part - and one of our volunteers came
from as far away as Chippenham!"
collected 30 sacks of waste - which is more than ever before - as
well as three car tyres, two traffic cones, six bread baskets and
various plastic tubs and buckets. As usual, most of the waste was
plastic - a large number of cotton buds and straws were picked up."
James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a brilliant
turnout today, the product of both people being moved by what they
saw on TV with Blue Planet but also because earlier this
week Burnham and Highbridge Town Council did exactly the right thing
in adopting the motion to try and make this part of Somerset a plastic-free
MP added: "I think people feel motivated that the case - they
know that there's too much plastic in the sea and on the beach and
there's an element of wanting to our bit locally. It's
great to see people responding to that."
MP James Heappey with Cllr Peter Clayton and Burnham's new coastal
commnunity officer Tanya Cox
donned orange jackets and were given litter pickers, plastic gloves
and waste bags to collect the waste.
large pieces of polysterene and plastic break baskets were found
washed up on the beach and river banks.
team collected three car tyres, two traffic cones, six bread baskets
and various plastic tubs and buckets during the morning.
Wakeling from the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage was among
those taking part in Saturday's beach clean in Burnham.
local councillors took part including Phil Harvey and Peter Clayton
the items collected during the clean-up were large amounts of decaying
plastics that showed signs of being pecked by birds.