With thousands of tourists visiting Cornwall over the half-term break in search of sun, sand and surf, this time of year is coincidentally the time when beach litter starts to mount up.
Sunday 5th June was World Environment Day and to mark the occasion Cornwall Greens gathered on Newquay’s iconic Fistral beach for their first summer beach clean.
Whilst most visitors to Cornwall have a great respect for our beaches and the local wildlife, there will always be some (let’s call them a messy minority) who prefer to leave their litter on the beach and in the dunes rather than taking it away with them. Perhaps they hope that some community-minded volunteers might come along and clean up after them? … or perhaps (more likely) they simply couldn’t care less.
Favourite finds included the ironically named ‘disposable’ BBQ, a variety of crisp packets, wet-wipes, broken bottles and, of course, who can forget the ubiquitous dog-poo parcels hanging like festive decorations amongst the dune grass.
“On World Environment Day we’re all reminded to think more carefully about buying things that last, with less impact on resources and the environment. Do we really need plastic wet-wipes? Isn’t it better, and cheaper, to buy reusable rather than disposable? … do we REALLY need to replace that phone/computer/car with the latest ‘more fashionable’ model?” asks Green Party campaigner and Newquay Town Councillor, Steve Slade.
With a huge haul of litter collected, the Green Team ended the day with a celebratory beach BBQ, of the reusable ‘bucket’ variety – available from various local stores for the same price as a disposable one!