Blue Reef’s appeal for volunteers for beach clean event

Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium is appealing for volunteers to take part in a New Year beach clean.

Staff have organised the event for Saturday, January 10 from 10am to noon, weather permitting, on the stretch of beach beside the aquarium and they are hoping to attract a large number of people to come along and give their support.

Volunteers will be issued with collecting bin bags, a pair of gloves and a reporting form to record their finds.

Blue Reef’s Leanna Lawson said: “Hastings Borough Council has kindly agreed to provide us with a selection of litter picking tools and volunteers from Clean Seas Please will also be lending a hand.

“The plan is to meet up at the aquarium’s cafe at 9.30am on the day so everyone can be registered and issued with cleaning items, datasheets and beach clean booklets.

“All the rubbish that we collect on the day will be brought back to the aquarium where it will be separated out and individually itemised. After that we will recycle as much of it as we possibly can while the rest will be disposed of safely in an extra refuse container.”

The event has been arranged as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Great British Beach Clean’ initiative.

Anyone under the age of 17 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers should wear sensible footwear and warm clothing.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact the aquarium prior to the event on 01424 718776.