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  • Hundreds turn out for beach clean events in Formby

    Danielle Thompson

    HUNDREDS of volunteers turned out to help at two events in Formby to mark the 25th national Great British Beach Clean initiative... and tackle the growing threat of plastic to ocean life, head-on!

    The event was part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch programme and takes place every third weekend in September. It not only spruces up hundreds of beaches around the UK coast, but volunteers also record the litter that they find.

    The charity says that information volunteers have collected over the last 25 years has helped make a significant impact on government policy – including the plastic bag charge, microplastics being banned in personal care products, better wet wipe labelling and the massive support for a tax on the range of ‘on the go’ plastic single-use items.

    Volunteers answered the call to turn out in Formby and helped at a clean-up event on Lifeboat Road Beach on Friday, September 14, when they collected more than 18kg of litter and at an event on Victoria Road Beach on Monday. Members of additional environmental groups attended Monday's beach clean, including members of Sealife Manchester, the RSPB, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Gems in the Dunes, the Seawatch Foundation and Capturing the Coast.


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