Volunteers find more than 30 sacks full of rubbish on Grays Beach

VOLUNTEERS collected more than 30 sacks full of litter during a clean-up event at Grays Beach last weekend.

Civil servants took part in the event on Sunday, December 1, as part of a council campaign to cut down on plastic waste.

The clean-up was organised by the Grays Beachcombers, a group of volunteers who organise regular community litter picks.

Also among the team were Wayne Dixon and his dog Koda.

Mr Dixon, an ambassador for the charity Keep Britain Tidy, is 4,000 miles into a 7,000-mile litter-picking hike around the UK coast.

He said: “I’m fulfilling a lifelong dream of walking the coast of Britain and am using this as a platform to raise awareness of the world’s litter issue.

“We’re seeing the world’s litter come up on our shores and we are contributing massively to plastics in the sea.

“If we all recycled, helped with a litter pick and took some time to think about where our rubbish is going, we can all make a difference.”

Staff from the Costa store in Grays High Street also joined the clean-up crew, as did staff from local charity Open Door.

The 30 volunteers filled 31 sacks with litter, including 97 bottles. Other items collected included cotton buds, lighters and food wrappers.

Steve Catchpole, lead organiser of the Grays Beachcombers, said: “Organising these litter picks and seeing first-hand the materials that are collected is always an eye-opener.”

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Charles Thomson

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