CARLINGFORD tidy towns are hosting a ‘Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean’ on Sunday 18th September 3pm-4pm. It’s a family friendly event so bring them along whatever age.
Wellies, raincoats, fishing nets and buckets and spades also a great idea. We are meeting at the Carlingford Sailing Club on Ghan Rd. (Ghan rd is just opposite Ghan house.)
The aim of the event is to remove marine litter from the shore, helping protect one of our most valuable resources in Carlingford-the lough which draws people to visit. We have a seal colony and diverse birdlife in the Lough and marine litter is a hazard for this wildlife.
The most common marine litter is plastics-bottles,forks, straws, bottletops, polystyrene, tin cans, aluminium trays and babywipes. So remember when at the Beach leave no trace by checking you have taken everything with you that you brought.
We would warmly welcome any measures local businesses can take to reduce the impact of marine litter. This may take the form of reduced volume of packaging eg fish and chips in a bag instead of a large box. This would help keep the bins clear as often large bulky packaging blocks the bins reducing their capacity. Burger envelopes or bags make a less bulky and more environmentally friendly alternative to polystyrene burger boxes.
The old fashioned salt and pepper shakers and sauce bottles are great as they avoid single portion condiments. We find salt and sauce sachets on the ground.
Plastic boxes for takeaway sandwiches can be avoided by wrapping in paper.
Do remember to bring along a reusable coffee cup if going for a takeaway. Your coffee will be hotter and you will be preventing litter. Disposable coffee cups is one of the most common items in our bins here in Carlingford. A great idea for a Christmas gift for a coffee lover. Dan’s and Liberty Café have a loyalty scheme if you re-use their re-usable cups.
Try not to take a fork, spoon or napkin if you don’t need one-they often end up on the ground or on the beach. Tins cans, Aluminum trays and plastic bottles can be recycled.
A damp facecloth makes a great reusable babywipe and no waste.
There is now no need for disposable plastic glasses. Biodegradable glasses made from plants are available from www.vegware.co.uk there is little difference in price and re-usable strong plastic glasses can be customised and are available from www.greengoblet.com great for an event or for those who want a bespoke glass.
So you see there is still a lot we can do for our environment. Waste not Carlingford-prevent and minimise waste. If you are a local business and are taking measures to reduce waste please let us know and we can help spread the word.
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