World Oceans Day on 8th June will see coastal clean-up in Wallasey

This year's World Oceans Day takes place on Saturday 8th June and to mark the day, a coastal litter pick has been organised in Wallasey.

World Oceans Day started in 2002 and, in 2008, the United Nations voted to make 8th June each year the day to highlight the need to tackle pollution, notably plastics, and lead efforts to clean up the oceans.

The Coastal Clean Up Team, set up by Wirral's Conservative Councillors, have organised their next event to coincide with World Oceans Day.

The Council has agreed to provide the litter picking equipment and the session starts at 1pm, meeting near the Lifeguard Unit at the junction of Kings Parade and Harrison Drive.

Councillor Ian Lewis has organised this event: "There are already many voluntary groups doing great work to tackle the litter and pollution locally and we're keen to play our part in helping as well.  

"Our Coastal Clean Up Team is open to anyone and will start at 1pm.  We can't guarantee the weather but we're grateful that Biffa has agreed to collect the bags of litter we collect later that day."

Last month, the Government created 41 new Marine Conservation Zones and, this month, confirmed that, following a recent consultation, a ban on the supply of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds will come into force in April 2020. The ban will include exemptions to ensure that those with medical needs or a disability are able to continue to access plastic straws.

The government’s response to the consultation reveals over 80% of respondents back a ban on the distribution and sale of plastic straws, 90% a ban on drinks stirrers, and 89% a ban on cotton buds.

 

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