Over one hundred and thirty people collected three hundred and fifty four kg of rubbish from Brighton Beach in a Halloween silent disco beach clean (equivalent to the weight of five fully grown average British men).
Brightonians danced for three hours until sunset to classics like Monster Mash and Time Warp, while removing harmful litter from the beach and preventing it from landing in the ocean – destroying marine life.
The event was co-organised by local community group Pier 2 Pier Beach Clean, and Brighton and Hove City Clean as part of City Clean’s latest #StreetAhead campaign to tackle litter in the city. It also joined several other beach cleans happening around the country as part of the Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean Weekend. Participants enjoyed three music channels, free cookies and free mulled apple juice from Old Tree Brewery.
The most common items found on the clean were plastic bottles, plastic straws, bottle lids, carrier bags, fishing gear and food packaging. All hard plastics found were collected by Terracycle to produce the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottles containing 25% recycled marine plastics.
It was recently predicted that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish, and already, thirty-five per cent of fish off the coast of Brighton have plastic in their gut. The Pier 2 Pier Beach Clean wants to make Brighton & Hove part of the solution, not the problem.
Organisers Amy Gibson and Dean Curtis said, “the silent disco attracts people who may have never thought about beach cleaning before, but they’re usually so shocked at how much litter they find that they want to do it again. We’re so pleased that so many people got involved and were able to see just how much difference they can make in a short space of time”.
About Pier 2 Pier Beach Clean: The Pier 2 Pier Beach Clean is a volunteer-run community group that holds monthly beach clean events on Brighton Beach between the Palace Pier and the West Pier. They have now run 4 major clean-ups and have collected over 200kg of litter. https://www.facebook.com/groups/pier2pierbeachclean// #pier2pierbeachclean
About the Streets Ahead Campaign: The Streets Ahead campaign launched on 25 August and the beach phase of the campaign will run throughout August and September. The campaign is being run by Brighton & Hove City Clean and environmental charity, Hubbub UK.
#StreetsAhead @RecyclingRefuse https://www.hubbub.org.uk/
About Surfers Against Sewage (SAS): SAS is a grassroots movement tackling plastic pollution and protecting the UK’s coastlines for all to enjoy safely and sustainably. https://www.sas.org.uk/ #plasticfreecoastlines
About Terracycle: Terracycle Inc. is the world leader in collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste. The waste is collected through free, national, brand-funded recycling programs, as well as various consumer and government-funded models. The collected waste is reused, upcycled or recycled into a variety of affordable, sustainable consumer products and industrial applications. www.terracycle.co.uk
- About marine litter:
- An estimated eight million metric tonnes of plastic are currently floating in our oceans.
- An estimated one hundred thousand marine mammals and sea turtles die each year from eating or becoming trapped in plastic.
- Eighty per cent of plastic in the ocean comes from land-based sources, and will last for thousands of years, breaking down into microplastics.
- Four tonnes of litter is removed from Brighton beach each day during the busiest times.