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Coastal campaigners welcome government plastics pledge

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(Updated 1:25pm 12th January 2018)

1:14pm 12th January 2018

A local campaign group has welcomed yesterday's government announcement to aim to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042.

Litter Free Coast and Sea, which works to to reduce marine and beach litter and improve and maintain bathing water quality at source, has been working along the Dorset coast with communities, individuals and businesses to reduce the amount of litter, often from plastic, that often ends up in the sea or on our Dorset beaches.

Matilda Manley from the group said: "It's an ongoing problem in Dorset and we are working with many others to try and coordinate action to stop litter reaching our coast. A campaign we are working on to highlight this issue is part of our Coastal Community Funded project working with local food and drink kiosks in West Bay, Weymouth, Bournemouth and Lyme Regis to find alternative solutions to plastic food packaging."

The group's sister project Litter Free Dorset is tackling the problem throughout the county with a roadside litter campaign, to reduce the amount of plastic packaging that ends up on roadside verges. They want us to take small steps to get involved.

Here are some simple ways you can help Britain reach its 25-year goal and keep Dorset's coastline clean and healthy:

Beach clean station

Get involved: in a beach clean or find your nearest 2 minute beach clean station.


the last straw

Say no to plastic straws: Buy paper or reusable ones.


seagull rubbish

Don't feed the locals: It encourages gulls to seek out rubbish.



Join the refill revolution in Dorset: if you're a business you can encourage customers to refill their water bottles.


Chesil Cove beach clean

Volunteer: help your community learn how to stop waste becoming litter.


litter bin

Always bin your rubbish: If you're on the go, take your litter home with you or find a bin. 



Check your drains:  Check your home or business is connected to the right drainage system. Make sure dirty water from toilets, showers and dishwashers isn't going straight into your local river or sea.



Love your loo: Don't flush anything that should be going in the bin, like cotton buds.


frying steak

Recycle FOGs: Fats, oils and greases can block your sink. Let them cool and scrape them into your food waste bin for recycling.

For more information about Litter Free Coast and Sea click here.



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