International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICCD) is held during the third Saturday of September, and encourages people to rid their local beaches of the plastic tide that seems to be sweeping the world. On the 21st of September 2019, the Living Seas team and six volunteers embarked on an Extreme Beach Clean at Mew Island (Copeland Islands) to do our bit for our local seas.
However, as we pulled the van into the harbour at Donaghadee, the relentless beating of white horses against the pier told us that it was not meant to be. Health and safety was paramount as our boatman said that it would not be safe to sail in the weather conditions, but our volunteers came for a beach clean, so a beach clean we did.
A slightly less extreme beach clean along Donaghadee, the Commons and towards Milisle, and the beach at first glance looked quite clean. Once our team started to comb the beach, armed with litter pickers and safety gloves, we began to uncover the hidden depths of trash. We uncovered plastic bottles, tin cans, plastic bags, plastic straws and even a washed up buoy. Additionally, we even found a pair of USB headphones left in a rockpool, as well as a large metal pole, that was used in our trash photoshoot once we had finished collecting our rubbish.