Litter Free initiatives launch #keepitclean campaign

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Litter left on Lyme Regis seafront over the weekend (photo by Jeanette Goodridge)

FOLLOWING reports of the huge amounts litter on Dorset’s beaches, Litter Free Coast and Sea and Litter Free Dorset have joined forces in their call for residents and visitors to help keep the county clean.

Matilda Manley from Litter Free Coast and Sea explained: “We were struck by some of the photos we saw that were taken locals living within walking distance of beaches across Dorset during lockdown.

“In normal circumstances over the Easter holidays and during glorious weather like we have been experiencing we would sadly expect to see huge amounts of food and drink related litter on some of our beaches. Now that lockdown is easing, we have been seeing litter levels increase.

“Through the campaign we want to show people how spotless these beaches were during lockdown and ask people to help #keepitclean by taking their litter home. Many of us really missed visiting the beach during lockdown, me included, so let’s show our beaches the love they deserve and #keepitclean.”

Sophie Colley for Litter Free Dorset added: “Litter Free Dorset’s volunteers can’t take part in the usual monthly litter picks currently, so we are asking everyone to do their bit to #KeepItClean.

“We have seen an increase in littered PPE which is polluting our water ways as well as and BBQ related litter which can cause devastating wildfires. Please take your litter home!”

The Litter Free Teams are asking for your support by:

  • Remembering to take your litter home, use a bin, or pack a #litterfreepicnic and a flask of coffee for your next outing
  • Sharing on social media any photos you took of Dorset spots that you were able to visit responsibly during lockdown using the hashtag #keepitclean
  • Tag our social media accounts so we can share your photos too

Remember to #thinktwice before visiting Dorset’s beaches and beauty spots. If an area is too busy, the advice is to head home

You can find out more at the website www.litterfreedorset.co.uk and www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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