Environment Minister cleans up at Porthtowan beach

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), was joined by Environment Minister and local MP, George Eustice, for a clean-up on Porthtowan beach yesterday.

As well as getting hands-on with the tidy up, Mr Eustice took the opportunity to thank volunteers who cleaned the beach last week as part of the nation-wide Great British Beach Clean.

George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, and Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food said: “I was pleased to see the excellent work that members of the public are putting in to address marine litter, including picking up plastic pellets found on Porthtowan beach. I’m glad that we have the opportunity to look at what can be done about this as part of the forthcoming consultation on microbeads.” Melissa Moore, MCS Head of Policy and Government Affairs, said: “We need to tackle the issue at source to make sure these tiny pieces of plastic don’t reach our seas in the first place; that will take the combined effort of governments, industry and the public.”

MCS litter projects are supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, says: “It’s really important for everyone to learn about the dangers of marine litter and I’m delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the Marine Conservation Society who are tackling this important cause.” MCS runs regular beach cleans around the UK which culminate in the Great British Beach Clean over the third weekend of September.

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