Release date: 11 January 2019
More than 50 sacks of plastics and rubbish were collected from some of West Sussex’s beaches over the course of the last year.
Adults who attend the Oak Community Project in Rustington comb the shorelines come rain or shine to make sure they are litter-free for all of us to enjoy.
Hugh Tyrell, a West Sussex County Council support worker leading the group, said the adults looked forward to their weekly visits to the seaside, taking pride in the work they were doing.
He said: “We come out every week to clean the beaches at Goring, Littlehampton, Aldwick and Bognor Regis, and it's an ongoing job because there is always rubbish every week for us to collect.
"The majority of what we pick up is plastics mainly, but there is also metal bottle tops, cans - a lot of cans and bottles - lots of paper and general debris.
“We have known about the problem of plastics in our seas for a long time, but it’s only recently that people have started to take notice and recycle their plastics. But we are still finding a lot on our beaches each week we visit.
"The team really enjoy being part of the community, and do find it rewarding - especially if we go to a beach that has got a lot of rubbish we feel as though we have done a good job."
Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: “The work being carried out by the adults at the Oak Community Project in Rustington is an invaluable service to our community and I am very proud of their hard work each and every week.
“I know how much they look forward to visiting our beautiful beaches each week, and I very much hope their efforts to improve the environment will send a strong message to all to think twice about littering.”
A video of the group at work can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv2mfdgWFQE