beach group's plea: 'Don't flush away cotton buds'
Friends of Burnham-On-Sea Beach have urged local residents not to
flush plastic cotton buds down toilets because increasing numbers
of them are being washed up on local beaches.
group of volunteers held their latest beach clean-up in Burnham-On-Sea
on Saturday and found hundreds of the plastic buds.
local sewerage infrastructure collects and treats huge amount of
waste water each day, the systems are not designed to remove small
plastic items such as plastic buds, which can kill marine animals
and birds that swallow them.
most big retailers have switched to biodegradable paper-stemmed
buds, imported plastic brands continue to be sold by smaller outlets.
lot of plastic stems from cotton buds were recovered on Saturday,
suggesting that many people still flush them down the loo, and it
is time that people stopped buying cotton buds with plastic stems,"
organiser Mark Hollidge told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
added: "The high tides and strong winds of recent weeks ensured
that there was a lot of work for us to do."
eager volunteers were not deterred by the wet weather as they tackled
the stockpile of rubbish that had become stranded on the banks of
the River Brue."
32 volunteers were on hand to make short work of it. Of those 32,
over half were people having a go for the first time and approximately
30 bin bags of rubbish were collected. We thank everyone who came