Students highlight dangers of beach litter with clean-up

Students highlight dangers of beach litter with clean-up

South Essex College students carried out a beach clean in Southend to help improve the environment.

The Level 2 Animal Care students took to the Three Shells beach to pick up discarded litter that could prove harmful to sea and coastal life.

They were inspired to give up some of their free time after learning about marine life and the issues of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

The main items found during the clean-up were glass and plastic bottles, food wrappers, cigarette butts and plastic bags, with the students collecting four rubbish bags full of discarded waste.

Many sea creatures often mistake these non-biodegradable items for prey animals which leads to choking and blocking the airways and stomach which can be fatal.

Emma Gregory, Health and Science Technician, said she was extremely proud of the students.

She said: “All of the students were very enthusiastic and wanted to help make a difference.

“They wanted to highlight the problem of beach litter and encourage people to clean up after themselves.”

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