Thursday, 12 September 2013
Help keep your beaches clean
Thanet District Council’s Thanet Coast Project is running two Beachwatch events in September as a part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual national campaign, reaching out to anyone who would like to volunteer.
Everyone has the chance to volunteer and ‘turn the tide’ on beach litter to join a dedicated team, ensuring that the North East Kent Marine Protected Area (NEKMPA) beaches remain clean and safe for all.
Two beaches in Thanet will be receiving a thorough clean on Saturday 21 September. MCS beach clean and litter surveys aim to highlight the issues of beach litter around the UK’s coastline by surveying what items are picked up and cleared away. Other beaches are to be surveyed by Coastal Volunteers (Thanet Coastal Wardens) for the NEKMPA.
Sponsored by Cummins Power Generation, the beach litter survey will last two and a half hours and promises to be a fun and informative social occasion with gloves, bags and sticks provided.
The Beachwatch Big Weekend is the perfect opportunity for people to help keep our beautiful beaches clean, and at the same time contribute to the largest national beach litter survey - comprising of over 400 beaches. The results are vital in turning the tide on litter which has been steadily increasing since the surveys began in 1994.
The four main sources of litter found on UK beaches come from the public, fishing, sanitary waste (particularly cotton bud sticks and face wipes) and shipping. These finds are collated nationally and help to influence changes to laws on the disposing of waste at sea and investment in better sewage treatment at the coast.
Councillor Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “We would welcome volunteers to come forward to lend a hand on this healthy and rewarding outdoor activity that will help keep the beaches safe and clean for people and wildlife.
“Thanet proudly displays Blue Flags for eight of our beaches, proving that we have some of the best beaches in the world with clean sand, good beach facilities and high standards of water quality.
You can volunteer to help at this weekend’s event, or view further information about the North East Kent Marine Protected Area and coastal volunteer wardens on www.thanetcoast.org.uk