Life’s a beach

24 October 2014

Life's a beach as the clean team sweeps in.  Reproduced from article in the Shields Gazette 24/10/2014

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LIFE was a beach for clean-up activists in South Tyneside.

Despite windy conditions last weekend, around two dozen hardy souls headed to Littlehaven beach in South Shields.

It was part of an annual event staged every year nationwide by Surfers Against Sewage to protect “beaches, waves and wildlife”.

South Tyneside Green Party members organised the clean-up on Sunday and were amazed at the number of items recovered - many of which posed a danger to both wildlife and children.

Shirley Ford, of South Tyneside Greens, said: “We were all amazed at how much litter there was when started looking. There were so many small bits of plastic like cotton bud sticks, which really are harmful to all kinds of wildlife, but also bigger bits of metal and treated timber, which have nasty chemicals in, and are dangerous to people using the beach, especially children, and of course, surfers. We collected a van load of rubbish to go to the recycling village. We’ll be back in the spring, but we need everyone to take care of our beaches. Our loudest message is for everyone to make sure they don’t flush plastic stuff down the loo because it can end up on the beach.”