Belmullet Tidy Towns invited people to participate in the International Big Beach Clean on Friday, September 20, wearing their red and green Mayo colours.
The Big Beach Clean weekend is part of an International Coastal Clean Up run by the Ocean Conservancy, for which An Taisce is the national coordinator for Ireland.
It is a clean-up with a difference – all groups are encouraged to record information about the amount and type of litter found during coastal clean-ups.
All the information from participating countries is collected and used by the Ocean Conservancy to guide marine policy and engage people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.
The Clean Coasts Programme is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland.
The Transition Year students from St. Brendan’s College, Belmullet, made a head start on Friday, September 13.
Flotsam and jetsam
They tidied up half of the shoreline at Shore Road and these are examples of what they found: pieces of wood and timber and paper and cardboard items; plastic bottles, bags and other plastic items like bale wrap; sweet wrappers; cans and tins; glass bottles; pipes; styrofoam; bricks; cigarettes and lighters; tiles and slates; gloves; an umbrella; a dog muzzle; a flower pot; a tyre; a bucket; an engine; and a pair of trousers!
And the TY students didn’t stop there – they have been cleaning up around Belmullet town during the week, e.g. the canal area, Ballina Road and Shore Road.
“Well done to everyone – your effort is much appreciated – everyone is really grateful,” commented a spokesperson for Belmullet Tidy Towns.
It’s never too late to carry out a clean-up. It can be done anywhere, anytime and it can be done in just 10 minutes!