Share your #LitterFreeDaysOut this Easter

We believe that making beaches cleaner is easy; it’s just one small change at a time. This year, we want you to share ideas, tips and hints for #LitterFreeDaysOut. Whether you’re a waste-free warrior, or you’ve just discovered a version of your favourite thing in less plastic, we want to hear about it! Join us over on our social media pages to share your ideas.

Stuck for how to get started? Check out our hints and tips below, and take your first step towards cleaner beaches.

Great Dorset Beach Clean 22nd-23rd April 2017

This year, we’re finishing up our week of #LitterFreeDaysOut by giving our beaches a bit of love to say thank you. Join us for a beach clean- there are 22 to choose from, most are the weekend of 22nd and 23rd April, though check dates carefully as Sandbanks, Branksome Chine and Friars Cliff are outside this weekend window.

 

Looking for ways to enjoy hassle-free #LitterFreeDaysOut? Try some of these on for size:

Find a bin and pop it in.
Yes, it really is that simple!

It’s easy to see that some people don’t take their rubbish home but, we’re pleased to say, most people do. Just think of the millions of people who visit Dorset’s beaches every year, and how clean they are most of the time. We’re really proud that lots and lots of our beach users use the bins provided for them or take their rubbish home, and encourage everyone to make this simple thing part of their normal beach-going habit.

 

Make and take
If you have time, making your beach snacks ahead of time and taking them with you in a cool box is a great way to make sure you get your sandwiches exactly how you like them, plus there’s no rubbish to get left behind. (and you’ve got a nifty box to take the empties home in to re-use!)
Grabbing lunch on the go?
Here are a few tips for grabbing lunch on the go and reducing all that pesky packaging:

  • Support local businesses- those fab beach-front cafes and restaurants will serve you lunch with the minimum of packaging or, at the very least, will have bins nearby so you don’t have to carry waste packaging around with you after lunch.
  • Just say no! whether you like your cocktail (or smoothie!) with or without ice, saying ‘no’ to the plastic straw means no risk it ends up on the beach.
  • Take just what you need. OK, sticky fingers = napkin requirement, we’re totally with you. But one or two will do the trick- save the juggling and fewer napkins end up as litter. The same goes for sauce and sugar sachets.
  • Choose the option with the least wrapping, or dispose of the wrapping in the shop if you can. Less to take with you, less to blow away.

Fill 'er up! (your water bottle, that is)
A nice cold drink of water is wonderful on a day out, so it’s easy to see why sales of bottled water are booming. However, there’s a growing trend in Dorset to use one of the 60+ Refill Stations around the county and get fresh, cold water for free! All you need is your favourite re-usable water bottle and the Refill Britain App (download it here for free: iPhone users here; Android users here) to find your nearest station. You can even earn points as you go, which earn lovely rewards from the Refill Britain team.

It’s not just water either. If you enjoy a mochachoca-soy-chai-latte (and, let’s face it, who makes one of those at home?) take your refillable mug along to your favourite coffee shop and take one single-use cup out of the system each time. As an extra reward, some big chains now offer you discounts for using reusable cups. Pat on the back for Costa and Starbucks!

Don't feed the locals!
Of course, we mean the winged kind…

Seagulls are an integral part of the Great British seaside experience, but they’ve also become adept at fishing food rubbish out of litter bins in search of a tasty snack. Make sure you put rubbish all the way in, and don’t stack rubbish around an overflowing bin, to stop seagulls causing the litter you’ve tried so hard to prevent.

As a bonus, reducing the amount of readily available food for gulls means that, over time, they’re less likely to associate people with food. If we all do our bit, they’ll have a healthier diet and be less likely to dive bomb us while we eat our ice cream or fish and chips!