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Darren Naish @TetZoo
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I arrive at #ChesselBay for the beach clean and... 1st sight, things don't look as bad as they have in the past. I spot a bird pelvis in the water...
But dig a little in the substrate and... Oh dear, epic #plasticpollution...
Over 70 of us are on site. There's a really good turnout of younger people - that's really encouraging. Everyone works hard. #chesselbay #beachclean #plasticpollution
My collection involves huge numbers of fragments of plastic confectionary wrappers, plastic bags, discarded toiletries, millions of polystyrene fragments.. #beachclean #plasticpollution
#Polystyrene is the most upsetting aspect of a #beachclean. Too many to collect, too small, and forming the bulk of the substrate in parts of the beach. If only we could phase it out. Mark is not holding popcorn. #plasticpollution #chesselbay
Some parts of the beach are a total disaster. After hours of collecting crap, you still don't feel that you've made much of a difference. The syringe is not mine. I found 3 this time. #plasticpollution
We fill up TWO WHOLE TRUCKS with waste (I didn't get a photo of the 1st one). @sascampaigns were on site and recording data on recycleable bottles, the kind of glass present on the beach etc. Look at our haul of recycleable bottles and cans!! #beachclean
My main takehomes this time... 1. Higher turnout indicates that more ppl are aware and engaged and aiming to help, which is brilliant news. #plasticpollution
2. Plastic tampon applicators are declining in representation but plastic cotton bud stems are hideously abundant. #plasticpollution
3. Plastic wrappers (for chocolate bars, crisp packets etc) are an epic problem and we need to pressure manufacturers to transition to other materials. #plasticpollution
4. #Polystyrene - used in packaging but also the construction of lightweight floats and jetties in the boating industry - has destroyed natural spaces and absolutely has to go. We need urgent action on this. #plasticpollution #beachclean
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