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Call for your help to keep Guernsey beaches beautiful

Post by GD on Thu 07 Jul 2011, 9:22 pm

Guernsey is looking for volunteers to stop plastic plaguing the island's beautiful beaches.

The Environment Department's Coastal Clean Up campaign is looking for people to help on two weekends later this month by collecting plastic items dumped on beaches across the island.

The campaign points out that of all the rubbish which ends up on the coast, plastic is the deadliest. It takes 450 to 1,000 years to biodegrade and during that time it releases damaging chemicals and suffocates marine life on the sea floor.

A single plastic bottle takes 450 years to degrade. An estimated 10% of all plastics are discarded in the sea, representing the most persistent and hazardous form of litter in the oceans.

Volunteers are asked to help out on two weekends - 16/17 and 23/24 July. Families, companies, schools and voluntary organisations are being invited to get involved.

It is the second year of the Guernsey Coastal Clean Up campaign organised by the Environment Department.

Environment Minister Peter Sirrett said all help will be appreciated, not just by residents and visitors, but also Guernsey's wildlife. He said: "Every tide will bring plastic bottles and bags, pieces of polystyrene and fishing litter to our shores, but we'd also remind everyone going to the beach to take their litter home or use the coastal litter bins; all we should ever be leaving behind us are our footprints."


To help, contact the Environmental Services Unit on 717200 or env@gov.gg to let the Department know which beach you would like to clean, and the date. (from CTV)

Why not use the "community service" people to do this...



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