Plastics materials are often regarded as problematic to the environment, especially when they are left as waste and litter. Human behaviour is the catalyst behind the impact and the solution to such a problem.
One day last summer saw 22 tonnes of rubbish removed, by the council, from Bournemouth and Poole beaches after half a million people visited the area. Beach goers left behind food packaging, disposable barbeques, buckets, spades, toys, clothing, beach shelters, and other equipment. Ideally all visitors to the seaside would take responsibility for the rubbish they generate. Alternatively, to stop this litter getting into the environment, many charities and groups, including the 2 Minute Beach Clean, Keep Britain Tidy, Surfers Against Sewage, Dorset Devils, and many more, organise beach cleans, where individuals are encouraged to come together and remove the debris.
Those people picking the litter left by others need to protect themselves from potential harm and take care when cleaning up rubbish. The folding litter grabber which comes as part of the Safe Pick Pouch (1) uses a thin polyester rope to connect the trigger handle to the grabber jaw reducing the need to pick up any litter by hand. The pouch, which can be attached to a belt, contains other protective equipment including disposable nitrile gloves and a polypropylene pot to hold dangerous used needles until they can be disposed of safely. The Handi Hoop (2) holds open an ordinary rubbish bag to enable the litter to be dropped straight in and the 4Ocean Beach Bag and Cleanup Tote (3) is made of a mesh material which allows sand and water to drain out keeping it lightweight and easy to carry.