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Plastic Recycling for Sheppey Beaches

Published Thursday 20 August, 2020
Last updated on Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Residents and visitors will be able to help save marine life at Minster Leas, Leysdown and Sheerness beach this summer thanks to new recycling bins from the GreenSeas Trust.

Swale Borough Council and the trust have teamed up to install three new bins, one for each beach, that help protect marine life by reducing the amount of single use plastics discarded on the beaches and promenades.

In an article in the local newspaper last year, nine-year-old St George’s Primary School pupil Oliver Huggins spoke out about the need for recycling bins at Minster Leas, so the council teamed up with GreenSeas Trust to install the new bins at all three bathing beaches on the island.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“We are pleased to be one of just three councils nationwide that have installed the newly designed recycling bins to help save our marine life.

“We’ve contributed more than £4,500 towards the new bright and educational bins and we hope they’ll encourage people to recycle their plastics bottles.

“The bins are made from around 450 recycled plastic bottles and include educational statistics and information about the environment in the design.

“We made a commitment to preserve our local wildlife when we declared a climate and ecological emergency last year, so these new bins are a step in the right direction.

“We also work with the Marine Conservation Society on their nationwide beach clean, get involved in the annual Great British Spring Clean, and carry out beach cleans with the Guardians of the Deep project that encourages young people across Kent to get excited about marine wildlife.

“We want to commend Oliver on his drive and commitment to help marine life and the environment.

“Thanks to Oliver and the new recycling bins, everyone can do their part to keep our environment and seas clean.”

Fazilette Khan, founder trustee of GreenSeas Trust, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled the council is taking three BinForGreenSeas. They are responsible for some of the most beautiful beaches and marshes where wildlife thrives. By spreading awareness of the consequences of marine litter, through the educational statistics and emotive message on the bin face, we will halt the damage to fragile habitats, as well as improve the environment on an aesthetic level.”