New ‘Beach Bucket Challenge’ aims to reduce marine pollution

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson pictured with James Delaney from The Shorebird Café in Ballycastle and Environmental Resources Officer Janice Dunlop at the launch of the Beach Bucket Challenge.

A NEW partnership approach to tackling the problem of marine pollution has been launched.

The ‘Beach Bucket Challenge’ encourages members of the public to fill a bucket with rubbish and litter when they visit a coastal location.

‘The Shorebird Café’ at Ballycastle seafront is the first outlet to sign up to the scheme, where buckets and other supplies are available for collection before you reach the beach.

Welcoming the partnership, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Sean Bateson, said: “We are indebted to James and the staff at the Shorebird Café for becoming the first host of our Beach Bucket Challenge which is part of our ongoing #LitterSmart campaign.

“We are now keen to hear from other businesses who may be interested in playing an important part in the fight against litter by hosting the ‘Beach Bucket Challenge’. Cooperative approaches can help tackle the problem.”

Litter can cause real damage, the council says.

A cigarette butt may look insignificant, but it can pollute up to 7.5 litres of water in one hour and have a hugely detrimental effect on marine life.

As well as making a difference to the environment, taking part in the Beach Bucket Challenge could make you feel better as well.

Research conducted by the University of Plymouth has indicated that people who walk and lift litter enjoy enhanced levels of well-being.

So if you want to feel the benefits for yourself and be a part of marine pollution prevention, why not get in touch?

The Environmental Resource Officer Team at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is always interested in discussing innovative approaches to reducing the impact of litter.

If you or anyone you know who would like to get involved in #LitterSmart, The Beach Bucket Challenge or other schemes like The Great Nurdle Hunt or if you have an idea that you would like to explore then please email / telephone 028 2766 0248.

If you’re taking part in The Beach Bucket Challenge the council wants you to share your pictures with them on Facebook and Twitter using #LitterSmart and #BeachBucketChallenge.

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