Wheelie bins, bikes, palm oil, discarded lobster pots and a variety of plastics and nets were amongst the items collected by 90 volunteers taking part in an ABP beach clean at Spurn, the first in a series of every-0ther-month similar exercises.
ABP’s Port of Hull organised the beach clean with the South Holderness District Scouts and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and between them filled more than 55 bags with rubbish.
They were supporting the national campaign Big Spring Beach Clean from 7th to 15th April which aims to reduce plastic pollution on UK beaches.
“It just goes to show how much rubbish can be collected in just a couple of hours,” said ABP beach-clean volunteer Tina Raleigh. “We saw a seal on the beach being looked after by British Divers Marine Life Rescue, and they explained to our volunteers the damage that plastics and waste can have on our marine life.
“This really reinforced the reasons why we organise events like this to make a difference to our wildlife habitats.”
There are more than 5,000 items of litter on every mile of the UK’s coast, and to help reduce this figure, ABP will be playing its part by organising events such as this one every other month.
To try and demonstrate how far litter can travel a competition on the day was held to identify the piece of litter which may have travelled the furthest. The item was from Turkey, and the volunteer won a Yorkshire Wildlife Spurn Safari, and runners up were given an ABP goodie bag.
Back at the Humber Ports of Hull, Goole, Immingham and Grimsby ABP Green Teams aim to create and improve habitats for wildlife and enhance green areas for port users.
An ABP Waste Review team is also involved with supporting the environment by litter picking in all four ports. Recently, staff got involved with litter picking during their lunch break at the Port of Hull to stop plastics going into the River Humber.
Scouts volunteer and ABP employee Lorna Ledger added: “We feel it’s important to pass the message on to future generations to look after our environment and this is the reason why we support events such as this one.
“The Scouts aged 6 to 15 and their families really got stuck into the clean and we would like to thank everyone for taking part.”