Grays Beachcombers separate plastics at Grays Beach

ANOTHER sunny mornings litter picking at Grays Beach last Sunday. The fifteen volunteers collected 20 sacks of rubbish which included 165 single use plastic bottles.

The group trialled a new process of sieving the smaller plastics from the decaying vegetation. It’s proving a very efficient way of removing lots of the smallest plastics very quickly. We even picked up microplastic nodules (similar to the ones shown in the picture below) from the Grays foreshore.

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This is a very exciting development because at all the foreshore locations that we collect plastics from we witness small fragments of plastic that previously had proved difficult or near impossible to remove. This method makes it relatively quick and easy to remove the smallest plastic and polystyrene fragments before they are washed into the oceans.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 17st July – “Beyond the QE2 Bridge” meeting at old St Clements Church at West Thurrock RM20 4AL at 10:30 to 14:00. This is an adult only event due to the 6+ miles walk involved. (250+ bottles at Cobelfret Ferry Terminal and lots of polystyrene just beyond the bridge.)

Sunday 21st July – meeting at RSPB Rainham at Purfleet RM19 1SZ at 10:30 to 13:30. This is a family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 6 years and older. At this event we will be both traditional litter picking and sieving for microplastics.

Sunday 4th August – meeting at Grays Yacht Club RM17 6JF at 10:30 to 12:00 followed by free refreshments in the café. This is the Grays Beachcombers regular monthly pick. This is a family friendly event suitable for accompanied children 6 years and older. At this event we will be both traditional litter picking and sieving for microplastics.

It is NOT a requirement to pre-book any of the events listed above, but feel free to email litterpickingsteve@outlook.com if you are planning to attend or need more information.

Alternatively you may wish to visit the Thames21 web site to find these and other planned Thames21 events at

http://www.thames21.org.uk/events/

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