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Norfolk Coast’s beach clean stations made of litter

Dec 13, 2021 | News

Two beaches in the Norfolk Coast area of outstanding natural beauty are the first places in England to get recycled litter picking stations – thanks to a grant from the Norfolk Coast Partnership.

Brancaster National Trust and Café Carmel Bacton have taken delivery of the stations, which are made from beach litter and enable people to do a quick beach clean while they are out and about and share the results on social media to promote less littering.

Catherine Leigh, community and education project adviser at Norfolk Coast Partnership, said: “These new #2 Minute Beach Clean units were purchased for the sites by our small grant fund, which works in partnership and empowers communities to take on small projects. We’re really delighted that we have got the units, made fully of recycled material, in place with partners.”

“Our coastal code asks that visitors use public waste bins or take their litter home, and we have noticed that more and more people are very careful about this. The sea is being choked by plastic, and every scrap that we can prevent going into it counts.”

Helen Timson, Norfolk Coast small grant fund administrator, said: “All the funds we have come from our range of books, card and posters – so it’s thanks to people purchasing these that we can provide help like this. The range of goods are available online at Norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk or through stockists along the coast.”

Ellie Walker at Café Carmel said, “Protecting our planet is really important to us, it is one of the reasons our cafe-bar is vegan. We want to support our community by keeping our beaches and its wildlife clean and safe.”

At Brancaster National Trust the board was received by Georgia Kossowicz, Programming & partnership officer. Georgia said: “We are so pleased to bring this litter picking board to Brancaster Beach. Removing harmful plastics and litter from our beaches has never been more vital in protecting our planet. We have always been lucky to have support from our volunteers and local community who have taken part in many beach cleans, but to have something so visible as this is a great reminder for everyone enjoying Brancaster that they can have a positive impact by taking litter home and doing a mini beach clean on their visit.”

The 2 Minute Foundation’s new style stations are the first to be rolled out and 100% recycled: not one scrap of virgin material has been used in their creation. The station itself is a team effort, made from beach litter, picked up by #2 Minute beach clean teams and made by Reworked. The upcycled, reusable bags were once abandoned tents that Rooted Ocean turned their hand to, and Waterhaul created the litter pickers from ghost nets.

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