Day 23 of my #GBSpringClean at Trevone near Padstow with Rob and Emily Beach Guardian
There was a good turnout on the beach so Emily and I followed the footpath into the village and cleaned the pub car park too. We found the usual culprits – bits of plastic packaging, sweet and crisp packets, bottles, coffee cups, a snack pot, cigarette lighter (and the butts from the cigarettes!) plus many dog poo bags.
There were quite a number of so called ‘biodegradable’ dog poo bags. Dog owners seem to think these bags will just disappear into the ground over time so okay to leave behind. Not so. All they do is break down into smaller and smaller pieces and become micro plastics mixed into soil. Worms will probably ingest small particles and suffer poisoning and digestive problems like other marine creatures who eat plastic by mistake. A long slow death by starvation. Please put all dog poo bags in the bin.
Emily got really excited when we found a rubbish dump covered in soil which revealed some ancient crisp packets for her collection, one from 1985!
We collected a whole bin bag full in an hour, very bracing in the cold wind but rewarded with beautiful views over the stunning coastline and a cream tea afterwards 👍😃🌊
#Trashtag #LitterHeroes Keep Britain Tidy 2 Minute Beach Clean Paws on Plastic Dog Friendly Cornwall Wayne Dixon Cllr Sue James