Beach cleaners turn up a kitchen sink!

MORE than 50 bags of rubbish, bread crates, a bollard, an inflatable boat - and even a kitchen sink - were collected by volunteers in a beach clean at Greencliff, near Abbotsham. Fifteen volunteers joined the beach clean with the Northern Devon Coast and

MORE than 50 bags of rubbish, bread crates, a bollard, an inflatable boat - and even a kitchen sink - were collected by volunteers in a beach clean at Greencliff, near Abbotsham.Fifteen volunteers joined the beach clean with the Northern Devon Coast and Countryside Service.The majority of the rubbish was plastic, including bottles, fishing net, rope and various crates. "None of this plastic is biodegradable and, therefore, will exist indefinitely at sea or on the beach, eventually breaking up into smaller and smaller pieces," said Tom Hynes of the Coast and Countryside Service."When we left at the end of the day, the beach looked spotless, with none of the usual brightly coloured strandline of plastic. The coast is an important part of North Devon's Biosphere Reserve and it is great that there are people who care enough about their local environment to spend time clearing up rubbish that may have come from many, many miles away. "Anyone visiting any of North Devon's beaches should remember to take any rubbish home with them, to keep them looking good for the public and safe for wildlife."The next Coast and Countryside Service beach clean will be at Braunton Burrows on Sunday, May 17. Everyone is welcome. For more details contact the Coast and Countryside Service on (01237) 423655.


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