A team of volunteers from Bexhill Environmental Group braved November rain and wind to help clear non-biodegradable rubbish from the beach at Bexhill.
Among items removed were lumps of palm oil which can be lethal to dogs if eaten.
Chris Ashford, from the group, said: “Over 40 people got rid of a great deal of rubbish.”
Chris added: “New finds to the Bexhill Environmental Group included and evidence box from France, an empty bag of Co-Op BBQ potatoes from Holland, insect aerosol, from Germany, a polystyrene float with some hitherto unseen grey mussel -like clams attached (we think they maybe Macoma).
“Also found were several Remembrance Poppies, spent fireworks and rather worryingly a roadside emergency triangle.
“Beach cleaners also found several lumps of palm oil, which is dangerous to dogs, along with a quantity of wood.
“The Bexhill Environmental Group team were, once again, dismayed at the quantity of plastic; fishing lines, ties, bottles, bottle tops, straws, rope etc that were collected.
“Many of these items will take 500 years to degrade. Surely we must learn to care for the sea, which plays such a vital part in the ecology of our world.
“Returning, very wet to Chris and Enid’s motor home for a welcome warming drink and biscuits, provided by the Co-Op in Devonshire Road, several members remarked their wet gear had proved not fit for purpose, leaving with the request that Bexhill Environmental group organise better weather for the December clean up.”
Bexhill Environmental Group would like to thank the Cooden Beach Hotel, the Charter Trustees and Ravenside B&Q for their support in equipping all the volunteers with gloves, buckets and grabbers.
The next beach clean-up takes place on December 19 from 9.30am - noon on West Parade opposite Richmond Road.
For more details on Bexhill Environmental Group and information on how to join or support them, visit www.bexhillenvironmentalgroup.org..uk.
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