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Buried knickers found dumped on Cornwall beaches

Buried knickers found dumped on Cornwall beaches

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 31st August 2019.

Buried barbecues and knickers have been found in the sand around west Cornwall.

Community conservation group Friends of Portheras Cove has the discoveries around Pendeen.

The volunteers also found discarded fishing line and bait along with plastic litter and removed it all.

The group is warning that the items could have caused harm to children, adults and animals.

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"Buried BBQs, knickers, discarded fishing line and bait, and an assortment of plastic litter, all found and removed from the coves around Pendeen before it harmed any child, adult or animal. 

"Round of applause for our amazing volunteers, and shame on those who left this debris to pollute our beautiful Kernow."

Friends of Portheras Cove

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Is litter really that bad?

Litter looks horrible, it spoils our environment and quality of life:

  • Research shows that high levels of litter and a poor quality local environment can deter economic activity and investment.
  • Litter and graffiti can help create a poor image of local neighbourhoods. This can lead to an increased fear of crime.
  • Litter can affect people's health by attracting animals and insects that carry diseases.
  • Litter can also be hazardous to wildlife. This is particularly an issue at the seaside. Litter can get tangled in or ingested by fish, mammals and other wildlife.

Is it a crime to drop litter?

Dropping rubbish is a criminal offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

What can I do if I see someone drop litter?

You are within your rights to ask someone to pick up litter if you see them dropping rubbish, but please ensure your personal safety is not put at risk.

The same applies if you see litter thrown from cars.

beach litter

Can you get fined for dropping litter?

Cornwall Council want to encourage local people not to drop litter and instead help keep the environment clean.

The Council wants to achieve a litter-free county and enforcing the law is an important part of achieving this aim.

Authorised officers can issue fixed penalty notices of £150 for littering offences.

Failure to pay may result in a prosecution before a Magistrates Court where the maximum fine is currently £2,500.

beach litter

Who litters the most?

Research shows that people are most likely to litter when walking or travelling in a vehicle. It seems that when in a vehicle people feel less accountable and identifiable.  

It's also clear that people think it is more acceptable to drop litter if an area is already run-down or dirty. People also think littering is acceptable if there are insufficient bins.

The research found that they would think twice about littering if:

  • they were in their own neighbourhood
  • the area was tidy or presentable or
  • they were with children

Source: Cornwall Council

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