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Plymouth Beach Clean Update.

It’s been 87 days since our last beach clean, the longest time we have been without an event. As I have received a few queries I just wanted to send all of you a quick update on our status.

Plymouth Beach Clean is still Closed and we are not running or planning any beach cleans at the moment. Unfortunately, we also do not know when we will be running beach clean events again.

Although the lockdown rules have been relaxed I do not feel now is the right time to pick back up where we left off for a number of reasons. For example;

  • As we can only meet in groups of 6, it would not be possible to limit those who want to attend to 4 volunteers. On events in the past, where we were only expecting a few volunteers, we have had up to 60 people show up!
  • If there were any accidents, we wouldn’t want to put a strain on the Coast Guard or other emergency services.
  • Not wanting to put a strain on the PCC Street Cleaning Team who usually collect the waste after our events.

What now?
If you have your own equipment and PPE, feel free to do your own mini beach cleans but please read the advice below. Let us see your pictures by tagging us on social media or using #plymouthbeachclean. If you would like ideas of beaches to visit or learn more about the ocean please see our website

Advice – if you choose to do your own mini beach cleans

  • Individuals currently shielding, in ‘at risk’ groups, displaying symptoms (or in contact with those with symptoms) or have been directly advised to self-isolate should not litterpick.
  • Pay attention to the weather/tides. It is best to clean just before/at low tide.
  • Be aware that certain areas, especially when sunny, could be very busy so you may want to consider the timing of cleanups e.g. in the evening and avoiding weekend times.
  • Tell someone where you are going and stay in mobile contact.
  • Use your own gloves and a litter picker. Clean both after use before storing.
  • Wash hands before and after at home or nearby w/c facilities
  • Carry hand sanitiser if you have some.  
  • Stay at least 2 metres from fellow volunteer and members of the public.
  • Don’t pick any more than you can put in your own bin at home.
  • Don’t pick up sharps/syringes.
  • Litter to be tied up in a strong waste sack (I have rolls of the Keep Britain Tidy Spring Clean Bin Bags, contact me if you would like some of these)

Stay safe and see you on a beach soon!


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