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16th JanuaryJan 2019
WDC and Clarity launch local #UrbanBeachCleans
Here at WDC we’re excited to announce the launching of our online initiative with Clarity Environmental to increase the number of #UrbanBeachCleans taking place across the UK. #UrbanBeachCleans are local area litter picks that reduce the huge amount of plastic that makes its way from our urban areas into the ocean. The development of our #UrbanBeachClean website is supported by Clarity Environmental, a UK organisation providing ethical and sustainable solutions helping businesses comply with environmental regulations. It features an interactive map, allowing people to register existing events and find upcoming litter picks in the local community. “We're so delighted that Clarity Environmental has chosen to support…
On Tuesday 28th August, members of the WDC team gathered together to tackle plastic pollution in the town of Chippenham, where our head office is based. Worried about the amount of rubbish that gets into rivers and waterways and flows out into the sea, we made our way down to the banks of the River Avon near the town centre, scouring the ground and hedges along the way. A team of 15 people found 24kg of discarded rubbish in only 50 minutes, including plenty of plastic drinks bottles, straws, plastic cigarette filter tubes and crisp and chocolate wrappers. Looking into the…
The team at long-term WDC partner, SEGA, celebrated World Oceans Day by carrying out an #UrbanBeachClean around their Brentford office. Up to 95% of the plastic litter in the ocean comes from our towns and cities, often via waterways like rivers and drains. With that in mind, over 100 SEGA staff headed out with gloves and pickers to clear up the banks of the Thames close to their offices - stopping hundreds of bottles, bags and wrappers from ending up in the ocean, where it can prove fatal to whales and dolphins.
The team at PADI and Project AWARE recently undertook a massive Urban Beach Clean with the help of WDC, around their offices in Bristol. Throughout the day, groups of staff went exploring the roads and car parks around the PADI offices and an astounding amount of litter was found, including cigarette butts, crisp and chocolate packets and water bottles that had mainly been blown under hedges and out of obvious view. The team even recovered an old traffic cone that had been discarded in thick undergrowth and was starting to break down into small pieces of plastic. A total of 11…
What links the iconic city of Oxford with the largest member of the dolphin family? Sadly, it’s plastic. Up to 95% of the plastic waste in the oceans comes from towns and cities so the plastic box from Friday night’s takeaway, the cup from the daily coffee or wrappers and bags casually discarded in Oxford might be blown into the Cherwell or Thames, but then end up being mistaken for food by orcas, other dolphins and whales. In Oxford for their Away Day in July, the team from award-winning vegan restaurant app vanilla bean worked their way along the Thames Path…
Inspired by a talk about whales and dolphins during school assembly in early 2018, but saddened to hear how plastic waste from London might be harming them, the girls at Channing School decided to get active with an Urban Beach Clean in their local park. Then, having composed a letter explaining the dangers of plastic straws, and wearing crowns they had made with ‘Ban the Straw’ on, they asked all their local cafes to ban plastic straws. Finally, these lovely girls baked cakes and biscuits to sell and took part in the BIG Splash Swim to raise funds to help WDC…
“We carried out our beach clean on part of Bamburgh Beach, as it is quite a large expanse of beach, on Sunday 8 April. Although only seven of us carried out the beach clean, the amount of plastic we collected was unbelievable, particularly after the very bad weather and high tides! We spent four hours collecting plastic, fishing wire, twine and other litter, and one of the main things we came across was what we believe to be cotton buds without the buds on the end and plastic bottle tops.”
Canvey Bay Watch group started in October 2014, working every Tuesday to clear up their local bay from litter. Dot Palmer from the group recently got in contact with WDC about an Urban Beach Clean pack, and since receiving it a team of 15 went out, joined by the local Canvey Island councillors and some girl guides. They had a really successful clean and collected several bags of rubbish! “I can only do litter picking as I’m not able to do heavy duty work, and my biggest bug bear is plastic Q tip sticks. I pick up hundreds of them every…
We all can make a difference whether you live close to a beach, or not! Take action and get together with a handful of friends, neighbours or colleagues to organise your own Urban Beach Clean.
By filling out the form below, your upcoming Urban Beach Clean will be added to our interactive map above, and for a limited time only you can request to be sent a free starter pack, including bin bags, gloves, a #NotWhaleFood t-shirt and a WDC tote bag!
Please indicate via the tick-box whether you’re happy for your email address to be visible on the map so other people can contact and join you. The more the merrier!
Inspire others and share your success! Submit your photos of your beach clean and we will feature them in our gallery! Please also share your photos on social media - simply include #UrbanBeachClean and #NotWhaleFood and don’t forget to tag us!
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