CORNWALL Council is urging people visiting their beaches during the Easter holiday take their litter home with them.

Cornwall has more iconic beach blue flags and seaside awards than any other county in the UK and thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Duchy in the next couple of weeks.

And the council is asking visitors to join forces with their staff and more than 50 community organisations and countless volunteers who all work tirelessly to keep Cornwall’s beaches among the safest and cleanest in the world.

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection Sue James said: “Cornwall has over three hundred miles of coastline, including some of the best beaches in the world. We have a duty to take care of them for future generations.

“I want to thank the very many volunteers all across Cornwall who raise awareness about marine litter, organise beach cleans, all playing a valuable role in helping us to keep our beaches special.

“Our coastline is there for everyone to enjoy so we need everyone who visits to play their part in preserving our beaches, protecting the natural habitat of our wildlife and keeping them clean and safe. So, when you visit a beach, make sure you take all your belongings home and don’t leave litter for others to pick up.

“Disposable nappies and wet wipes can play havoc in public toilets at beach sites if not disposed of properly. Remember only pee, paper and poo can be flushed down the loo!

“David Attenborough showed vividly how harmful plastic is to the natural environment and wildlife. There is no place for plastic on a beach – so, reduce what you take there and any you take, dispose of responsibly or take home.”

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