Can we make Cornwall litter free?

Cornwall Council has launched a campaign to deal with litter in the region after revealing it costs more than £5m of taxpayer’s money to clean our streets and beaches each year.

The initiative was announced last week at Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase Beach by council leader Adam Paynter along with Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection.

Cllr James said: “Litter is a stain on our beautiful countryside and beaches, it pollutes the environment and it is a danger to Cornish wildlife. It also costs a lot of taxpayer’s money to clean up – money that could be spent delivering other vital services.”

One local woman has demonstrated the extent of the problem and made it her mission to keep her local beach clean via the Facebook group ‘We love keeping Cornwall clean and tidy’.

The page highlights the work of Penny Miners to keep Praa Sands litter-free and the scale of the problem is shocking. Daily pictures show the large amount of rubbish left behind by thoughtless beach users that would otherwise be picked up by the sea and damage the environment.

With refuse bins located at most beach exits there are no acceptable excuses, and whenever they are full people can always take their litter home. I can only imagine the issue arises from thoughtless and lazy individuals.

To help keep our beaches beautiful, the message is simple – bag it and bin it. We have a duty to protect the planet today for the people of tomorrow.

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