Staff from The Fire Station in Whitley Bay were joined by 17 other volunteers who all donned protective gloves to comb the beach for litter during a three-hour clean-up. A 100 kilos of rubbish was collected, including a tyre, towel and nine shoes. It was organised by Whitley Bay resident Steve Lowe, as part of Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas campaign and was also supported by volunteers from Northumbrian Water.
Steve said “Everyone remarked how the area looked pretty clean at first glance. Once we were finished, I was amazed (and disappointed) to find we had collected so much. The amount of plastics we found was very worrying as it is so persistent and has now been shown to get into the food chain”.
The project is organising additional clean ups across the area and they will be listed on the Living Seas Facebook page.