Campaigners to hold beach clean

Volunteers are being sought to help clean up a popular beach.

Friday, 15th April 2016, 7:30 am
Tynemouth Longsands. Picture by John Millard.

As part of the Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean, a clean-up will take place on Tynemouth Longsands on Sunday from 3pm to 4.30pm.

A total of 200 clean-ups are taking place around the country this week with more than 7,500 volunteers taking part.

The Big Spring Beach Clean aims to make a difference to the health of the marine environment and beaches, particularly through the removal of huge quantities of plastic pollution.

Hugo Tagholm, chief executive of Surfers Against Sewage, said: “Surfers Against Sewage is delighted to be collaborating with Parley For the Oceans and engaging communities with projects to stop the flow of plastic into our seas.

“The single-use plastic vandalism of our coastlines has to stop.”

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Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans, said: “Current plastic is a design failure. It needs to go. But this can’t happen overnight.

“We need to avoid plastic wherever we can, stop producing more of it and retrieve and revive what has already ended up in nature.

“But to solve the problem for good, we have to invent a new material.

“Collaboration is the magic formula, because nobody can solve this complex problem alone.

“With Surfers Against Sewage, we found the impactful partner we need. Together we can turn this around.”