Nearly 50 kgs of rubbish and plastic has been collected during The Beacon’s Great Plastic Weigh-In with a final litter pick taking place this Saturday (July 17) to mark Plastic Free July. 

Volunteers can gather at The Beacon’s adopted beach area (groyne 34) between 10am and midday to help collect rubbish, and then join the team in taking their collected litter to the Centre for the final weigh-in opposite Deichmann. As a thank you for taking part, everyone will receive a reusable cup or tote bag. 

It will be the event’s third litter pick with volunteers taking part in a clear-up of Terminus Road and Gildredge Park during the past two weeks. 

In addition, the Centre’s community space – The Hut – will host mini weigh-ins on July 14 and 21 between 12pm and 4pm for shoppers who bring bags of single-use plastic to swap for a branded gift. This will be added to the final total of weighed plastic that will be announced at the end of the month. 

Workshops will be held in The Hut (on the same dates as the mini weigh-ins) demonstrating how to create art with recycled material and all the plastic collected during the campaign will be used to create a piece of art with a local artist that will then be put on display. 

Bill Plumridge, manager of The Beacon, said: “We’d encourage as many people as possible to join us on Saturday for our third and final litter pick. It’s been great fun and we’ve had a lot of families taking part. We wanted to do our part this month to challenge everyone to contribute towards a plastic free world.” 

To join any the final litter picks, book in at:

To join the sustainable workshops, book in at: