Exmouth clear up following unprecedented demand on services to keep streets clean and bins emptied

Authored by Mary

East Devon District Council's StreetScene team were out on the streets and beaches of Exmouth at 7am this morning clearing up picnic and alcohol-related litter left behind from late night visitors last night. They were out until 10pm last night as well.

In a statement, East Devon District Council said: "With the warm weather, and as pubs and cafes are still closed, we are...

Dramatic rise in barbecues and litter says National Trust as wildfire risk continues

Authored by News Desk

The National Trust is urging people not to bring a barbecue or light a campfire when they visit the coast and countryside, following a spate of wildfires during lockdown.

Despite recent rainfall, a record-breaking spring of sunshine has left many landscapes dry and created the perfect conditions for fires to ignite and quickly spread.

Since the start of April, several large...

Public behaviour ruins a great weekend on Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

The fantastic sunny weekend we have just experienced here in the south west has seen thousands of people enjoying the outdoors and all that it has to offer. But whilst this weather provides a welcome boost to the local economy, the selfish behaviour of some people can potentially put people’s lives at risk.

At Spitchwick and Deeper Marsh cattle grid gateways were blocked and vehicles...

#2 minute litter pick returns to Dartmoor

Authored by Mike Page

Dartmoor Rangers Ella Briens and Andrea Roberts are bringing the Dartmoor version of the successful global litter campaign #2 minute beach clean to the National Park again this year.

Bude resident, Martin Dorey, started #2 minute beach clean after becoming frustrated by the amount of litter on our beautiful south west beaches. His aim was to encourage visitors and locals to take pride...

Appeal for volunteers to tackle beach litter

Authored by Mary

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is calling on volunteers from Plymouth to descend upon Wembury Beach to help pick up litter as part of the retailer’s 4th annual Big Beach Clean Up.

Taking place on 8 May from 11.30am, the event will be hosted in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and invites local residents, businesses, students and societies to join them in helping...

Litter increase on our beaches

Authored by Mary

Piles of wet wipes are littering our beaches as more people choose to use moist cloths to remove make-up, replace traditional toilet paper and apply fake tan. According to the latest beach litter data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and published today in its Great British Beach Clean report, numbers of wet wipes found on beaches increased by over 50% in a single year!...

Beach litter threatens wildlife, says charity

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Staff at Torquay’s coastal zoo have spoken out about the amount of litter on the beaches and in the sea and highlighted the threat to marine life.

Clare Rugg, from Living Coasts, explained: “Beacon Cove is the beach on our doorstep. Some litter is brought in by the waves but much of it is left by beach users. The Council regularly cleans the beach – but it becomes littered again...

Survey reveals depth of marine litter problem

Authored by Mary

A major new survey of the seafloor has found that even in the deepest ocean depths you can find bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter.

The litter was found throughout the Mediterranean, and all the way from the continental shelf of Europe to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge 2,000 kilometres from land. Litter is a problem in the marine environment as it can be...

'Digusting tide of litter' threatens UK beaches

Authored by Mary

What do half a TV, a French bullet-proof vest and an unopened pack of bacon have in common?

They were all cleared from our beaches during a single weekend last September and were among the 223,405 bits of litter that volunteers bagged up and removed as part of the Beachwatch Big Weekend 2013, organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

The UK’s leading beach cleanup and...

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