Wednesday 22 May 2019

Sea cubs, scouts comb beach for rubbish, collecting 50 bags!

Some of the scouts who took part in the beach clean-up
Some of the scouts who took part in the beach clean-up

David Looby

Sea Cubs and scouts from New Ross hiked to the beach at Glenwater Bay between Duncannon and Arthurstown for a big clean up as part of An Taisce's Clean Coast project, collecting more than 50 bags of everything from fishing nets to plastic bottles and food wrappers.

After more than 50 bags of rubbish were collected, Niall Roche from Hooked Kitesurfing arrived by boat in the hard-to-reach cove to collect the bags and deliver them back to Duncannon for collection by Wexford County Council.

The collection was part of a Big Beach Clean which took place all over Ireland. The New Ross scouts collected all sorts of rubbish, including lighters, fishing nets, plastic bottles, food wrappers, bottle tops, rope and plastic bags over two hours on their first year supporting Clean Coasts.

Last year, 789,138 volunteers in more than 100 countries collected nearly 20.5 million pounds (or 9.3 million kilograms) of marine litter during last year's International Coastal Cleanup event. As in previous years, cigarette butts-which contain plastic filters - topped the list at approximately 2.4 million collected; with food wrappers (1.7 million), plastic beverage bottles (1.6 million), plastic bottle caps (1.1 million), and plastic grocery bags (757,523) rounding out the top five.

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