On Saturday 28th, over 100 people, mostly local residents, gathered at Whitstable beach to pick up rubbish. In two hours, the volunteers managed to collect 127kg of litter, of that mostly plastic and non-recyclables.
The clean-up was led by Lucy, admin of the Plastic Free Whitstable Facebook group since 2015, who arranges her local beach clean monthly, which attracts both locals and non-residents to the beach in any weather condition to collect rubbish and dispose of it properly.
“We collected 127kg of litter. The people who regularly attend are the people who tend to pick up litter on the beach in their own time as well.”
She went on to say
“This time we had lots of families who came with their children. The youngest was probably about 4 and the oldest, well, over 65 let’s say”
The success of these beach cleans along the coastline attracts more people to live consciously about their waste.
Linda Proctor, a resident of Whitstable said:
“Not doing anything is no longer an option, we all need to be accountable and take responsibility and do what we can to make a better future for everyone. It can be done and we need to keep this momentum going.”
Some of the @sascampaigns #BSBC2018 finds this morning, including a dumped BBQ, lots of cigarette butts & most depressingly only 8KG out of the huge total that could be recycled. #takeyourrubbishhome #plasticfreewhitstable pic.twitter.com/Ud7nIzRLer
— Plastic Free Whitstable (@FreeWhitstable) 29 April 2018
Bernadette Fisher, another local resident who faced the wind and rain on Saturday to help clean up said:
“It really was freezing but very satisfying to find plastic straws and cotton buds and think of the impact they could have had going in to the sea if we hadn’t have collected them.”
Plastic Free Whitstable goal is to have a plastic free Coastline status, to do this they have joined Surfers against Sewage, the biggest grassroots environmental charity in the UK.
The charity started in 1990 and since then 98.5% of England’s bathing waters have passed the Bathing Water Directive’s minimum standards, compared to what was only 27% in 1990 since the charity started campaigning.
Here are the beaches in Kent you can help clean up: