A GROUP of 15 residents set out with their rubbish bags to collect around 70kg of litter from Lancing beach in a bid to keep it clean and protect the sea.
The Keep Lancing Lovely group, led by Andy Brook, organised a litter picking party last month, hoping it would encourage others to use public bins and take their waste home with them.
Honouring the code, ‘think globally, act locally’, the residents meet up once a month to clean the beach, socialise and make new friends in the process.
One member, Peter Ring, said: “Many millions of tonnes of refuse ends up in the ocean and if we can avoid at least a very tiny amount of this by removing debris from the beach before it gets picked up by the water, then at least it’s something.
“After all, Lancing shares the same body of water as every other global coastline.
“I believe if people are presented with a clean and tidy facility (i.e. the beach) then they are more inclined to keep it that way, like using the many bins or ideally taking their rubbish home.
“It’s an enjoyable social activity, an opportunity to meet new people and a motivation to get some fresh air.”
If you would like to join the group, the next outing is November 30. The team meet at the cafe on Beach Green, at 10am.
To learn more about the work Keep Lancing Lovely does, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KeepLancingLovely