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Volunteers set for big the beach clean-up
VOLUNTEERS are hitting the beaches this weekend to give them an autumn clean.
After a busy summer on the Dorset coast when sun seekers flocked to the area, teams will be heading to the seashore again – but this time armed with bin bags and pickup sticks for the Great Dorset Beach Clean.
Although there are clean-ups going on today most areas in west Dorset will be targeted tomorrow.
The clean-ups are organised by Dorset County Council’s Countryside Ranger Service.
Details of what type of rubbish is picked up, and how much, will go to the Marine Conservation Society to add to its annual report on the beach litter problem.
A lot of the rubbish that is picked up is washed ashore but there is also a percentage of rubbish that is fly-tipped or left behind after beach picnics.
Last year it was found that plastic waste made up 62 per cent of all the rubbish collected from Dorset beaches.
Coastal Ranger Jenny Penney, who co-ordinates the Great Dorset Beach Clean, said: “Everyone is welcome for just two hours and it will really make a difference to your chosen beach.
“We provide all the equipment you need so just bring yourselves, your friends and colleagues.”
People who can’t make tomorrow can always lend a hand at next year’s spring clean on Sunday, April 27 when it is hoped to clean at least 27 different beaches.
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