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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Cumbria beach clean crusade has buds in its sights

TOY soldiers, hundreds of cotton buds and a Northern Irish sonar buoy are just some of the items that have washed up on the shores of Cumbria.

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keep it clean LOVEmyBEACH co-ordinator Emma McColm from Morecambe Bay Partnership is calling on people to avoid putting cotton buds and wipes down the loo LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50059250B000

The findings have been revealed as campaigners issue fresh advice to keep our beaches clean.

The list of strange items found by litter pick volunteers with the Morecambe Bay Partnership and Cumbria Wildlife Trust includes hypodermic needles, various clothes and blankets.

Earlier this year, a sonar buoy belonging to Techworks in Northern Ireland was found during a beach clean session at the North Walney National Nature Reserve. And green bottles are still being found in Humphrey Head in Grange following a 1980s ferry disaster.

However, cotton buds and wet wipes are the biggest issue for beach clean volunteers, with several thousand unnecessarily flushed down toilets every year.

Local campaigners have issued advice to residents as to what they should and should not flush down loos as part of the Evening Mail’s Big Clean campaign.

Emma McColm, LOVEmyBEACH co-ordinator at Morecambe Bay Partnership, is encouraging people to follow the three Ps rule and only flush pee, poo and paper.

She said: “Simply throwing disposable items like cotton buds and wet wipes in the bin and not flushing them down the toilet can make a difference.

“On beaches we get lots of plastic toys which must be from toilets and the cotton buds that get flushed down loos.”

The Evening Mail’s campaign hopes to educate people about waste matters and encourage people to join beach cleans.

Sponsored by Centrica, the Big Clean is also supported by key partner, Kimberly-Clark. Furness Waste Consortium, Barrow Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council, Lake District National Park Authority, and Copeland Borough Council also support the initiative.

For more information about LOVEmyBEACH and handy tips to avoid causing water pollution, visit: www.lovemybeach.org/what-can-i-do/

l If your community street/park/beach needs a clean-up contact jonathan.robinson@nwemail.co.uk

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