Staff from Guernsey Electricity and their family and friends took part in the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch Big Weekend event last Sunday.
Beachwatch is a UK-wide clean up and survey of beach litter involving local communities and volunteers. Beachwatch Big Weekend is the society’s annual national event and part of the international coastal clean-up, when people all over the world clean and survey beaches on the same weekend.
Guernsey Electricity staff cleaned up and recorded the items found on Bordeaux beach and Banque Imbert for the event. Three black bin bags of rubbish were collected on the day and items included: three pairs of boxer shorts, cable ties, car radios, a BBQ, spark plugs and a large fishing hook.
The findings of the survey are added to other Beachwatch events giving the Marine Conservation Society evidence to help tackle beach litter.
“It’s great that both staff and their families could get involved in this event which not only benefits the island but adds to the huge amount of information being collected and analysed by the Marine Conservation Society to help keep the UK’s beaches clean, said Natalie Pollmer from Guernsey Electricity.
“We were shocked by the amount of rubbish we collected and the items that people discard on the beach, many of which could cause serious injury.”
The results of the Beachwatch Big Weekend will be published next spring.