ORGANISERS of the World Oceans Day Beach Clean held at Swanpool on Saturday (June 8) say that the events are working.

Falmouth Marine Conservation, Plastic Free Falmouth and One Bag Beach Clean hosted the event, which sent volunteers, armed with gloves, litter pickers and buckets, to clean the beach, reserve and footpaths.

The 30 beach cleaners picked up 18.2kg of rubbish, all of which was sorted and recycled where possible. The final tally was 13.7kg of general waste, 1.9kg of recyclable cans and bottles and 2.6kg of plastic material for the Ocean Recovery Project to be made into kayaks.

One Bag Beach Clean founder, Carol Hurst, said: “This is the least amount of rubbish we’ve ever picked up, and that’s great news.

“I think it’s a combination of several groups holding regular litter picks plus many individuals picking up litter wherever they go. The result is that on Sunday we collected 18.2kg of rubbish, whilst in October last year, in the same location, we collected a massive 112.35kg.

“Hopefully this will encourage more people to clear up rubbish to make the environment cleaner and safer for all beach users, people and wildlife alike.”