BeachCare volunteers called to help tackle problem plastics at Southend.

Ahead of the official start of the Bathing Water season next week, Anglian Water is calling volunteers to take to the shoreline of Southend-on-Sea this Saturday (12 May) to join a litter pick on one of Britain’s best loved beaches.

As part of the BeachCare project, which is run in partnership between Anglian Water and Keep Britain Tidy, the group will be tackling rubbish and plastics left on the local shoreline. Volunteers will be given all the tools, they need to carry out the shoreline clean-up and help their local environment flourish.

The team will be joined by charity Turning Tides who will use the collected rubbish to make a mural for World Oceans Day next month to highlight the problem of litter and plastics in our seas.

2minute beach clean board

The event will also mark the launch of Southend’s very own 2 minute beach clean board, which will remain in place on the sea front and contain the tools needed, like rubbish bags and litter pickers, for people to carry out their own litter pick at any time.

Regan Harris from Anglian Water said: “Many of us saw the pictures of the litter left on Southend beach after the last bank holiday weekend.  This is the kind of problem we’re tackling up and down the coastline as part of our BeachCare initiative.

“We have some of the best bathing waters in the country and we want to work to empower local residents and visitors to do their bit to keep the region’s beaches in excellent condition all year round. Alongside active volunteers who have established BeachCare groups, we know many frequent visitors to the beach and coastal residents with busy lives want to do their bit too. A two minute beach clean is a quick, simple and easy way to play your part and help keep the beach looking its best.”

The BeachCare group will be holding regular beach cleans along the local coastline, along with litter and wildlife surveys to monitor beautiful beaches and marine life.

Win O’Sullivan, BeachCare programme officer said: “The problem of plastic pollution and littering on our beaches is gathering more and more awareness. Our Southend volunteers will help us to survey the litter and find out how much of a problem plastic is on the beach.

“Dropping litter, not cleaning up after dogs, even what people put down sinks and toilets, have a huge cumulative impact on our local environment. Coastal communities in particular can be affected by this first-hand, which is why BeachCare is helping to tackle the issue in the town.

Volunteers will be meeting outside at Billy Hundred’s café close to Southend seafront from 09:30am.

Posted by Anglian Water