Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, recently joined a team of volunteers to participate in a Beach Clean at Cuckmere Haven.
Maria and the volunteers spent two hours collecting litter from the beach and filled twenty bags of rubbish. While the work was satisfying, it was concerning to see so much litter on the beach, especially because most of the litter was plastics, which is extremely harmful toward the marine wildlife in the area.
10% of inspected areas in the South East of England are considered at an ‘unacceptable’ standard with regards to litter, and Keep Britain Tidy have estimated that littering costs the taxpayer up to £850 million each year, as well as having indirectly detrimental effects on crime and mental health.
Speaking afterwards, Maria commented, “I would like to thank the volunteers that I worked with today and many other volunteers in the constituency who consistency participate in “Clean Ups”. It is clear that greater education and awareness is needed to prevent littering as it is a clear societal problem.
“I hope that the upcoming ‘Great British Spring Clean’ initiative inspires people to be more accountable for their littering and to perhaps spur them to take greater responsibility for cleaning up their communities.”