Hartlepool beach clean-up produces 25 sacks of rubbish

The beach clean-up at Seaton Carew.

The beach clean-up at Seaton Carew.

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A popular Hartlepool beach was left with clean sands thanks to the actions of volunteers.

Around 25 sackfuls of rubbish was collected from Seaton Carew beach as part of the Great British Beach Clean national event.

Volunteers collected 25 big sacks of rubbish from the sands.

Volunteers collected 25 big sacks of rubbish from the sands.

The tidy-up on Sunday was organised by Hartlepool Borough Council’s countryside wardens in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society.

It was well supported as around 45 people of all ages offered a helping hand.

One of the organisers Ann Callaghan, who works for Hartlepool council, said: “I think it is great that so many people wanted to help improve the area.

“About 45 people turned up including families and all different generations. About 25 big bags of rubbish was cleared from the area of the beach.

“It is a shame that we have to do it in the first place, but it did highlight certain problems and types of waste and help get the message out about how to dispose of them.”

As well as making the area cleaners and safer for people to enjoy, the exercise also logged the different types of waste collected as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s national survey.

Ann said along with the usual type of food litter and plastic there were numerous baby wipes and nappies washed up on the beach.

She said they should not be flushed down toilets as they enter the sewage system.

Flytipped rubbish including a tyre was also removed from the sands.

Similar beach cleans were held all over the UK.

The Marine Conservation Society said: “Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat from the waste and litter in our seas, with hundreds of species accidentally eating or becoming entangled in litter.

“It’s also dangerous for people and damaging to our tourism and fishing industries. We all have a part to play in turning the tide on litter.”