Dorset Waste Partnership still collecting ship's cargo as it washes up on beaches

Dorset Waste Partnership still collecting ship's cargo as it washes up on beaches

WATER MESS: Rubbish washed up on Chesil Beach

AFFECTED: Tim Limbach

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Trainee Reporter

ITEMS from a cargo that washed overboard last month are continuing to wash up onto Dorset beaches.

Cigarettes, pet food, sachets of tea, packets of feta cheese and olives are just some of the items that have been found.

The cargo was separated from the Svenborg Maersk containership during storms in the Bay of Biscay.

A number of local residents have tried to remove the items that have washed up along the coast between West Bexington in the west and Hengistbury Head in the east.

Chesil Beach is continuing to see the highest concentration of cargo. The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) has collected and disposed of nearly 10 tonnes of litter from the beach.

Tim Limbach, from Dorchester, who often visits Chesil Beach with his wife, said they had tried to organise their own clean-up for the affected area.

He said: “We love nature and birds in particular. Last year we helped with the Little Tern Project as volunteer wardens.

“I tried to set one up having been down there and helped with other ones.

“For me it is something that needs to be done every weekend until it’s clean.”

Mr Limbach said a lot of the litter was in difficult to get to places, claiming it existed ‘as far as the eye can see’.

He said: “There’s an awful lot of rubbish there. It is very frustrating but very difficult for individuals. It is a long way to take it from the beach to the vehicles.

“There are still hundreds of cartons of cigarettes. There are a lot of dead birds.”

The DWP is continuing to work with landowners, volunteers and other agencies to coordinate the clean-up.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) recently reported that a fourth container had been spotted off Start Point in Devon.

The cost of the clean-up operation is currently being covered by the loss adjustor for the container ship.

A beach clean will take place at Chesil Beach this Sunday from 11am. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Chesil Beach Centre.

In addition to this, the 26th annual Great Dorset Beach Clean will take place on April 27.

For more details, visit dorsetforyou.com/greatdorsetbeachclean

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9:03am Fri 21 Mar 14

terra firma says...

Well done on the clean up. At least our beaches have some relief.

The irony is that DWP, who are now responsible for footpath / highway cleaning in East Dorset, no longer carry out routine sweeps of our roads / paths. This years leaves and twigs have been left to literally wash down the drain causing blockages and flooding. Still, that's somebody else's cost and responsibility isn't it.
Well done on the clean up. At least our beaches have some relief. The irony is that DWP, who are now responsible for footpath / highway cleaning in East Dorset, no longer carry out routine sweeps of our roads / paths. This years leaves and twigs have been left to literally wash down the drain causing blockages and flooding. Still, that's somebody else's cost and responsibility isn't it. terra firma
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9:09am Fri 21 Mar 14

marabout says...

And there in lies the issue.

It is not DWP's responsibility to keep our streets and pavemnents clean and tidy.

It is our responsibility. They are our streets. bThey are our pavements. If we want them to be clean and tidy then it is up to us to stop messing them up.
And there in lies the issue. It is not DWP's responsibility to keep our streets and pavemnents clean and tidy. It is our responsibility. They are our streets. bThey are our pavements. If we want them to be clean and tidy then it is up to us to stop messing them up. marabout
  • Score: 10

11:23am Fri 21 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

marabout wrote:
And there in lies the issue.

It is not DWP's responsibility to keep our streets and pavemnents clean and tidy.

It is our responsibility. They are our streets. bThey are our pavements. If we want them to be clean and tidy then it is up to us to stop messing them up.
Spot on. The problem is that the majority of people have no conscience about leaving rubbish around, particularly if it's not on their street. Last summer, I challenged a man who dropped an M&S sandwich wrapper in Dorchester. Even though he still had the sandwich in one hand, he denied it was his and then told me to mind my own f-ing business. It was, of course, my business.
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: And there in lies the issue. It is not DWP's responsibility to keep our streets and pavemnents clean and tidy. It is our responsibility. They are our streets. bThey are our pavements. If we want them to be clean and tidy then it is up to us to stop messing them up.[/p][/quote]Spot on. The problem is that the majority of people have no conscience about leaving rubbish around, particularly if it's not on their street. Last summer, I challenged a man who dropped an M&S sandwich wrapper in Dorchester. Even though he still had the sandwich in one hand, he denied it was his and then told me to mind my own f-ing business. It was, of course, my business. JamesYoung
  • Score: 9

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