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Remember only rain goes down the drain!

Have you ever seen someone pour paint or oil down the drain in the street, or maybe flick a cigarette butt through the grate?

Acts like this may seem harmless but they can have a devastating impact on our rivers and seas and can even harm wildlife.

At a time when people are looking ahead to spring and thinking about having a bit of a clear out, it’s important to recognise that the most outdoor drains lead directly to watercourses and seas, and shouldn’t be used as a means for disposing of waste liquids.

This month LOVEmyBEACH is supporting #Binit4beaches with only #RainDownTheDrain to encourage people to reuse, recycle or safely dispose of waste liquids to ensure rivers, streams and seas are protected.

The drains which are connected to your toilet or washing machine carry the dirty, waste water to treatment works where processes are applied to clean the water and release it safely back into the natural environment.

In contrast, outdoor drains are designed to carry ONLY rainwater, usually to the nearest river, stream or sea. As the water is 100% natural rainwater there is no requirement to send it with the dirty water that comes from our homes to a waste treatment works, instead it travels directly into our rivers and seas.

That’s why it’s so important that pollutants such as engine oil, cooking oil, paints and chemical wastes are never poured down the drain. Instead, take unwanted items to your household recycling centre to be disposed of safely.

Misconnected premises can also pollute rivers and seas by allowing the dirty water from household appliances to enter watercourses instead of going down the foul sewer and arriving at treatment works. Check your property is connected right by visiting www.connectright.org

Help protect the health and wellbeing of our rivers and seas and #binit4beaches #YearofGreenAction

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Join our newest beach clean group

The sea defence works are finished and the brilliant new promenade between Rossall beach and Fleetwood is open. This calls for a new beach clean group to be set up! LOVEmyBEACH is supporting Wyre Council and the local community, who want to ensure people can enjoy this wonderful stretch of coastline throughout the year.

Everyone is welcome to join and this will be a brilliant opportunity to help form a new beach clean group. You’ll have the chance to make new friends, do something great for the environment and feel the benefits of getting outside, whilst doing something active. Plus you’ll enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Larkholme Grasslands and the Irish Sea!

If you want to join us, we will meet one Sunday a month at 10:30am at Larkholme Parade and the very first clean up is on 27th January 2019. Future dates and more details can be found on our Volunteering page.

Hopefully see you there!

Litter picker and hoop on beach

Kick start 2019!

2019 is here! January is always a time for reflection, recovery (excessive mince pies, anyone?) and resolutions.

Whether you’re trying to get fit, spend more time out doors or look for opportunities to spend time together with your family, coming along to a beach clean is the perfect opportunity. With the average event lasting 1.5-2 hours, there’s plenty of time to make a dent in your 10,000 daily steps! It’s also a free way to get some exercise – and there’s no gym that has views that compete with the beautiful north west coast.

If you’ve never been to a beach clean before, don’t fret! Equipment (pickers, gloves, bags) are always provided so all you need to do is dress for the weather and wear some sturdy shoes. It’s also the perfect opportunity to meet new people, great if you’ve just moved to an area or you’re just looking to make some new, like-minded friends.

There’s more than 40 beach cleans listed on our Volunteering page in January alone! So no matter if you live in West Kirby, Blackpool or Silloth there’s one near you

Bispham Coastal Care