Beach clean pledge

PUBLISHED: 15:59 09 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:27 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9: SANDY Bay beach has been adopted by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Devon Cliffs Holiday Park and EDF Energy in an attempt to keep the beach clean. From next Wednesday the energy company will head to the beach armed with bin bags. As well as keepi

SANDY Bay beach has been adopted by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Devon Cliffs Holiday Park and EDF Energy in an attempt to keep the beach clean.From next Wednesday the energy company will head to the beach armed with bin bags. As well as keeping the beach clean, the rubbish collected will provide vital information for the MCS to be able to target the manufacturers.John Ball, environment manager of Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, said: "We are delighted to welcome EDF Energy to Sandy Bay beach as partners in the Marine Conservation Society's adopt-a-beach scheme. "As a company we believe that one of the best ways forward to safeguard our beautiful countryside and coastline is through sustainable tourism and we are delighted to be involved in this exciting new link-up with one of Britain's biggest power companies in such a worthwhile environmental project."Sue Kinsey, MCS's adopt-a-beach officer, said "EDF Energy's support of MCS adopt-a-beach is just fantastic. The more people who are aware of the problem of beach litter the sooner we can start to change things for the better."The move is part of a wider plan for EDF Energy to adopt a beach in the South West, South East and North East of England - from where the company operates.In April, the Beachwatch report published by the MCS revealed more litter is found on the West Country's beaches than anywhere else in the UK.Plastic litter is now at its worst level ever recorded on Britain's beaches.On average, some 2000 pieces of litter are scattered across every kilometre of UK beach, according to the MCS, with beach visitors, fishing debris, sewage outfalls and shipping all contributing to the problem - and proving hazardous and often fatal to marine wildlife.Mike Davy, EDF Energy's major business director of customer services, at Exeter, said: "We're delighted to be teaming up with the Marine Conservation Society to help them in their work at Sandy Bay. As a company we are already involved in numerous environmental projects in the South West, but this is an opportunity to have an input in a longer-term scheme. "It means we can build awareness amongst staff and help make a real difference to the local environment.

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