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Sidmouth Plastic Warriors’ beach clean
April 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Following our fantastic result at the Sidmouth Town Council meeting on Monday, where they unanimously voted to back our bid to become an SAS Plastic Free Coastline town, we are riding on a high! This week has also seen Waitrose promise to get rid of their disposable cups, offering free teas and coffees only when we take a reusable cup (or buy one of theirs), which will save almost 60 million cups A YEAR! Prêt are trialling their own deposit return scheme for plastic bottles in their London stores, with a promise to phase out all single use cutlery and bottles; and Selfridges have stopped selling all drinks in plastic bottles! We, along with hundreds of other organisations around the country just like us, are making progress, most definitely.
This Saturday sees our next beach clean, starting at 10am from the Sailing Club. The club will be open throughout for teas and coffees (50p including a biscuit!) and we will meet back there afterwards at 12pm to collect all the rubbish together and for a picture, as well as a well earned drink. Barry from EDDC Streetscene will then collect all the rubbish at about 12.30. I will have to sort through it this time because Surfers Against Sewage would like a break down of what we pick up, for their records. This is part of their huge, fantastic, country-wide ‘Big Spring Beach Clean’, running all week in different areas, and they are going to publish the complete results when they’ve received them all. The poster for ours is attached and I would be very grateful if you could circulate it widely.
We are also going to try to collect nurdles this time (the small buildling blocks of plastic that are washing up on shores all around the country) so I will take a bin and spade down to the beach and we will see what surfaces from random samples (the nurdles float to the top in the water, when stirred around, and can be scooped out). Please do focus on small pieces of plastic just as much as large this time – hopefully there will be enough of us to all take a different focus, from the back of the beach, to the shore line, to the sand, and really do a great job of cleaning it.
We will have litter pickers, high vis jackets, bags and gloves to borrow, but please do bring your own if you have them. Families welcome (please look after your own children ) and sign in on the sheet at the sailing club to be included on the insurance,
We look forward to seeing lots of you there
Denise Bickley Sidmouth Plastic Warriors Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/181478989253793/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SidPlasticWar Petition: currently stands at 5976 http://chn.ge/2BJItXK Website: http://sidmouthplasticwarriors.org/.