LOVEmyBEACH is excited to announce that Merlin Entertainments in Blackpool are now LOVEmyBEACH business supporters; helping promote how small actions can have a big effect on the quality of our beaches and seas.
The Merlin Cluster, which is made up of the Blackpool Tower, Sea Life Centre, The Ballroom and more, have pledged to support the ‘3Ps’ initiative in all of the venues toilet facilities helping to avoid environmentally-damaging items ending up in marine waters or washed up on the beach.
Items, such as wet wipes, sanitary products, cleansing pads and cotton buds can end up in the sea after being wrongly flushed down the loo. This damages marine life, pollutes the ocean and litters the beach.
The campaign is promoted through materials displayed in the toilet facilities which asks the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the attractions to only flush the 3P’s (pee, poo and paper!) down the toilet.
The partnership was launched in the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom with staff from Merlin Entertainments’ Blackpool cluster attractions pledging to take beach-friendly actions. The staff pledged not only to support the 3P’s initiative but also to bin used cooking oil rather than pouring it down the sink when at home and to reduce their use of single-use plastics like water bottles and coffee cups.
Kate Shane, Head of Merlin Entertainments’ Blackpool Cluster, said: “This is an incredibly important campaign. When people flush the wrong things down the toilet it significantly increases the risk of sewage leaking into the sea which can cause problems for wildlife and also make people ill if they are swimming or paddling.”
“Our teams have been fantastic in backing the campaign and we’ve had loads of voluntary pledges at the launch event too. We hope this will encourage lots of other people to join the campaign to protect our beaches and oceans.”
Emma Whitlock, Fylde BeachCare officer at LOVEmyBEACH, added: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Merlin Entertainments in Blackpool. This will help us to reach an enormous audience to encourage them to support the 3Ps campaign.
“It’s a hugely important initiative. Blue Planet II highlighted to everyone how damaging pollution is to our beaches and oceans. We see it first hand when we are working with volunteer groups on beach cleans.”