Plastic Free Penzance celebrate a return to community clean ups with a beach clean at Long Rock this Sunday. The clean, based from the Hoxton Special, will clock up miles and collect plastic pollution as part of the nationwide Million Mile Clean campaign from Surfers Against Sewage.
After a winter of restrictions due to Covid, Plastic Free PZ says it can’t wait to get back out on the beaches as it re-launches its community clean programme.
The grassroots action group, which is working to tackle single-use plastic in the town, has had to put a hold on its public events for the best part of 15 months. In that time individuals and families were urged to pick up plastic pollution from the coast and green spaces while on walks and taking regular exercise. The call was answered and the group says it’s been blown away by the support and action from locals to keep blue and green spaces clean.
Now the group is finally able to hold a community clean, it is teaming up with Surfers Against Sewage and The Hoxton Special to hold a ‘Million Mile Clean’. The national campaign aims to get 10,000 volunteers cleaning a million miles of UK coast and landscape by the end of the year.
Surfers Against Sewage say: “This campaign reflects and celebrates a national mood of hope and optimism as the country emerges from a dark winter spent in lockdown. Now more than ever, it is crucial for us all to reconnect with the outdoors and the Million Mile Clean provides an opportunity for you to prioritise your health whilst also creating a positive impact on your environment.”
Plastic Free PZ said: “We’re pleased to be able to get back out on the beach with our community events, which don’t only benefit the environment but also provide chance for people to meet, chat and feel part of something positive.
“Clean gloves and kit will be provided but people wanting to come along can bring their own gloves and bags if they prefer. It’s just brilliant to be able to get back out and we’re looking forward to more beach clean events across the rest of the year as we contribute to the Million Mile Clean”
So far 575,000 miles have been committed to the national SAS campaign, with Penzance already holding a clean last weekend at Wherrytown and planning more over the coming months.
You can join this weekend’s clean by heading to the Hoxton Special for 10am on Saturday 29th May. Groups are asked to keep numbers to no more than 6 and children under 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Plastic Free PZ are also looking for a volunteer to co-ordinate future beach cleans – if you are interested in getting involved contact Rachel on [email protected]
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For more info contact Rachel Yates on [email protected]
Find out more about Plastic Free Penzance here: https://www.facebook.com/plasticfreepenzance/?ref=bookmarks
And here: www.plasticfreepz.co.uk
Find out more about Surfers Against Sewage Million Mile Clean here: www.sas.org.uk
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