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Coastline Communities Urged To Get Proactive On Plastic

Coastline Communities Urged To Get Proactive On Plastic

Members of the lower harbour community are being urged to take action on plastic waste by organising beach cleans along coastline.

On Saturday February 3rd, more than 50 bags of waste were collected by a group of volunteers from a small beach at the edge of Coolmore estate near Carrigaline.

Members of the lower harbour community are being urged to take action on plastic waste by organising beach cleans along coastline.

On Saturday February 3rd, more than 50 bags of waste were collected by a group of volunteers from a small beach at the edge of Coolmore estate near Carrigaline.

Organised through the Government’s Clean Coast initiate, volunteers are provided with bags, gloves and hi-vis jackets for the beach clean. Once the waste has been gathered, it is collected and recycled by Cork County Council.

“I would strongly urge people to get proactive on plastic,” said organiser Lynda Foley from Currabinny. “Plastic in the world’s oceans has never been more topical and this is a really practical way of dealing with this global problem in our own locality,” she said.

According to a recent study, there is enough plastic in the world’s ocean to place the equivalent of five grocery bags full of plastic waste on every foot of every nation’s coastline around the globe.

In addition to being unsightly, plastic is swallowed by marine animals who cannot digest it. Waste also reaches the human food chain as micro plastics.

To order a Clean Coast pack go to www.cleancoasts.org or telephone the Clean Coasts Team on 01-4002210.

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