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'Trash-not-cash' market success at the Seaside Scavenge

Date posted: 1 June 2018

A recent beach market utilised trash not cash to purchase pre-loved items on Watergate Bay, Cornwall.

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The Seaside Scavenge opens up the concept of beach cleaning to a new audience.

Lauren Eyles,
Beachwatch Manager
Marine Conservation Society

The weather might not have been great, but despite that, about 50-60 adults and kids got involved in collecting a grand total of 2,436 pieces of litter at the Seaside Scavenge on Wednesday May 30.

There was a great atmosphere, with local foot-stomping blues musician James Dixon playing tunes while MCS staff spoke to volunteers and recorded all the litter found.

The ethos of the event was for volunteers to drop in and out as they please, collecting a minimum of 10 pieces each which earned them a token in the market. Some volunteers got really stuck in, with certain groups and families bringing back over 500 pieces!

The litter was made up of mostly small pieces of plastic, these are the most abundant items found according to the 2017 Great British Beach Clean report.

Volunteers thought the ‘trash not cash’ market was a great idea - one that they had never seen before and were keen to find out if it would be back again.

Lauren Eyles, Beachwatch Manager at the Marine Conservation Society said: “The key thing about a Seaside Scavenge is its informality and the fact that it opens up the concept of beach cleaning to a new audience.”

If you’d like to join us at the next Seaside Scavenge event keep an eye on our Beachwatch website.

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Actions you can take

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Did you know?…

Since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded 40% fewer bags on beaches

MCS launched its Beachwatch programme in 1994

Around 40% of UK beach litter can be directly sourced to the public

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