Award for clear­ing beach of plas­tics

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - News -

Vol­un­teers from Rame Penin­sula Beach Care have been awarded a pres­ti­gious award for their en­vi­ron­men­tal work.

The group earned the Min­istry of De­fence’s Sanc­tu­ary Mag­a­zine En­vi­ron­men­tal Project Award for clean­ing mi­croplas­tics and rais­ing aware­ness about plas­tic pol­lu­tion at Tre­gan­tle beach, which is owned by the MoD.

Claire Waller­stein, founder of the group, which is based on the Rame penin­sula in South East Corn­wall, went to Lon­don with group mem­ber Rob Arnold to col­lect the award.

“We were pre­sented with the award by Par­lia­men­tary Un­der Sec­re­tary of State To­bias Ell­wood,” she said. “We feel very proud and grate­ful to be recog­nised for all the hard work – not just on the part of Rob and my­self, but also the scores of all you fan­tas­tic vol­un­teers who have self­lessly given up your time to come and sweep the beach with us to help re­move this haz­ardous pol­lu­tant.

“Thanks also to the MoD for their sup­port un­der the um­brella of the Tre­gan­tle Con­ser­va­tion Group for al­low­ing us ac­cess to the beach to use Rob’s mi­croplas­tics sep­a­ra­tion ma­chine.

“So far, we have re­moved well over 10 mil­lion pre-pro­duc­tion plas­tic pel­lets from the 100-me­tre stretch of beach at the bot­tom of the track, along with hun­dreds of thou­sands of pieces of smashed up mi­croplas­tics.”

Rame Penin­sula Beach Care at Tre­gan­tle beach. Below, Claire Waller­stein and Rob Arnold col­lect­ing the award

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