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Clean sweep for Beach Buddies

CLEAN TEAM: Douglas councillor Ritchie McNicholl and Economic Development Minister John Shimmin MHK were among the volunteers on Douglas beach

CLEAN TEAM: Douglas councillor Ritchie McNicholl and Economic Development Minister John Shimmin MHK were among the volunteers on Douglas beach

DOUGLAS beach has never been cleaner, according to the volunteer beach cleaning group Beach Buddies.

Volunteers gave up their Sunday morning to clear the beach of all litter and rubbish, right down to the tiniest piece of plastic.

The beach is already cleaned regularly by Douglas Corporation and their work shows that serious investment really works, according to Beach Buddies organiser Bill Dale.

‘This is the first time Beach Buddies has cleaned Douglas beach since we formed six years ago, but there’s a very good reason for this,’ he said. ‘Beach Buddies concentrates its efforts on beaches where there is no investment by government or local authorities, and we have deliberately left Douglas alone, as the council invests a lot of money into keeping the beach clean and tidy.

‘Our “Big Team” beach cleaning sessions have been happening all over the island and we were asked to organise one in Douglas as the people of the town didn’t want to be left out – so we were happy to respond and make a difference.

‘There was nothing like the amount of rubbish we find elsewhere, but our 15 volunteers collected a fair amount of rubbish, mostly small items. And we did manage to find yet another syringe, which re-emphasises the need for all of the island’s beaches to be cleaned regularly.’

The one-hour cleaning session yielded small items that cannot be collected mechanically, leaving the beach at Douglas in a better condition than for many years.

Five bags of various items were gathered by the volunteers which were taken and recycled by Council staff.

Bill added: ‘Today shows that ongoing investment by Douglas Town Council in beach cleaning really makes a big difference, but that volunteers can also be a useful addition to the system already in place.

‘Now that the beach has been thoroughly cleaned, and because of the cleaning programme provided by the Council, I don’t think we will need to go back for some time.

‘We have plans for an island-wide major beach cleaning campaign prior to the 2013 tourist season, so we will most likely next be back in the spring.’

• Tomorrow (Sunday, November 25) the Beach Buddies Big Team switches to the west of the island and will tackle three adjacent beaches in Kirk Michael. Volunteers should meet at Glen Wyllin car park at 10.30am.

 

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