Thursday, April 3, 2014
A DISCARDED metal bin, a Bristol City Football Club cigarette lighter and a 1980s Tesco plastic yoghurt pot were just some of the many items picked up during a huge spring clean of Exmouth beach last weekend.
Organised by environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), the clean-up was part of a national campaign tackling 150 beaches around the UK.
At Exmouth, 35 volunteers filled 34 bags of rubbish during a three-hour stint between 11am and 2pm on Sunday, March 30.
“There were some huge items, including a discarded metal bin, stuck in Maer Rocks,” said SAS local organiser Ross Curwen.
“There were also a couple of bank anchors – the large metal stakes that boats use if there are no moorings – and fibreglass boat bits.”
A Bristol City Football Club cigarette lighter gave an idea of how far some of the marine detritus may have travelled, while a 1980s Tesco yoghurt pot struck an historical note.
“It was a Tesco logo, when the company had the red lettering and the dot,” said Ross. “It just shows how long these things hang around for. They do not degrade.”