MEMBERS of the lower harbour community are being urged to take action against plastic waste by organising beach cleans along the coastline.
More than 50 bags of waste were collected by a group of volunteers from a small beach at the edge of Coolmore estate near Carrigaline on Saturday.
Organised through the Government’s Clean Coast initiate, volunteers are provided with bags, gloves and hi-vis jackets for the beach clean.
Once the waste has been gathered, it is collected and recycled by Cork County Council.
“I would strongly urge people to get proactive on plastic,” said organiser Lynda Foley from Currabinny.
“Plastic in the world’s oceans has never been more topical and this is a really practical way of dealing with this global problem in our own locality.”
According to a recent study, there is enough plastic in the world’s ocean to place the equivalent of five grocery bags full of plastic waste on every foot of every nation’s coastline around the globe.
The UN estimates that eight million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean annually, and millions of animals die as a result.
Plastic is swallowed by marine animals who cannot digest it and often or they can also become trapped in some plastic bags or can holders.
Plastic waste also reaches the human food change as microplastics with a recent study showing that seafood consumers ingest an average of 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic annually and 74% of Irish tap water is also contaminated.