As part of the Autumn Beach Clean Series by Surfers Against Sewage, over 50 people attended a clean-up event at Rest Bay, Porthcawl where over 45 bags of litter was collected along with a lorry wheel.
In Wales, we use a staggering 725,000 plastic bottles every day with only half of these recycled. Unfortunately, many of these are found around our coastlines, and that’s why Surfers Against Sewage have launched the Message in a Bottle Campaign, calling for a deposit return scheme in the UK.
Huw recently praised the efforts of the group in a Debate on Climate Change in the Senedd and said: “Being proactive and cleaning our coastlines is a great way to engage with communities and people of all ages to highlight climate change issues. Well done to the ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ who are enthusiastic and passionate about the environment. We all have a role to play, as individuals, as families, as communities and as Government at all levels”.
Ffion Matthews, Regional Representative for Surfers Against Sewage and Stop Climate Chaos Cymru volunteer, who organised the Beach Clean said: I’m pleased to welcome so many people to another fantastic beach clean here in Porthcawl. It’s difficult not to be stunned by the sheer amount of litter that’s collected, which are mostly plastics, fishing nets and various litter. We are grateful to Huw Irranca-Davies AM for his continued support and for raising our profile in the Assembly. There is now a 2 minute beach clean board at Rest Bay so people can do a mini beach clean at the beach when they visit. We need all politicians to ‘Speak Up’ for action on climate change, on behalf of the people of Wales who strive for a cleaner future.