Beach cleaners hit Westward Ho! beach

Volunteers helped clean up Westward Ho! beach.

Volunteers helped clean up Westward Ho! beach. - Credit: Archant

The team of volunteers collected 37kg of rubbish from the Blue Flag beach.

A TEAM of local volunteers have collected 15 bags of rubbish from Westward Ho! beach.

Volunteers collected and recorded rubbish along a 100m stretch of beach, to help the Marine Conservation Society identify the main sources of litter on Westward Ho!

In total, 200 items were recorded, with the top five being plastic pieces, string or cord, fishing nets, caps or lids and polystyrene pieces.

The team of local Marine Conservation Society helpers was led by Bideford Tesco’s community champion, Sallie McKay Roper.

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Sallie said: “Beach litter isn’t just unsightly, it can also be very dangerous to both humans and wildlife.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Councillor Jane Whittaker, Councillor Jim Jackson, Councillor Ken Davis, Mrs Recycle and all the volunteers who turned up on the day.

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“In total we collected 15 bags of rubbish weighing 37 kg.

“Also a huge thank you to Andy Toon from Torridge District Council for lending and sorting out the litter picking equipment.”

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