Beachwatch weekend Chouet beach clean on 19 September 2010

September 25th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Beachwatch volunteers, left to right, Dorothe Lord, Deputy Mike Hadley, and Anne Sandwith, clean Chouet beach on 19 September 2010 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

At first glance Chouet beach didn’t appear to have much litter.  Anne Sandwith found some plastic bags embedded in sand at low tide, which she asked for help to retrieve.  The tide was coming in so it was a race against time.  Only a portion of each plastic bag was exposed and in some cases the plastic was disintegrating so the bags couldn’t be pulled out; they had to be dug out from underneath.  Some of the bags were thin supermarket shopping bags, but others were made of thicker plastic, including black bin bags and fertiliser bags.  The more we looked the more bags we found.  The embedded plastic bags appeared concentrated in the north-east corner of the beach.  One suggestion was that the bags may have been blown out of the nearby Mont Cuet landfill site, landed in the sea, and brought on-shore.

Plastic bags and plastic sheeting were a major component of the litter on Chouet Beach (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

General rubbish and Nylon twine found on Chouet beach (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Nylon rope and Nylon netting is a major component of Guernsey’s beach litter.  Nylon rope was abundant in the revetment at the top of Chouet beach.  Not all the rope could be removed because it was trapped between the large revetment stone blocks.

Various car parts were found on the beach left over from beach racing (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Chouet Beach is used occasionally for car sand racing.  A large number of small pieces of hard plastic were identified as being car parts.  We found a car headlight, a car aerial, a gear stick, and pieces of plastic trim and fenders.  These were identified by a car mechanic who visited the beach during our beach clean.

As we did at Champ Rouget the day before, we found a ball probably used by a dog owner to throw for their pet.

Below is a list of the items recovered from Chouet Beach on the morning of 19 September 2010.

Plastic

1 syringe, 1 razor handle, 3 plastic toys, 6 drinking straws, 24 plastic lids, 1 plastic spoon, 11 pieces of bubble wrap packaging material, 1 plastic dustpan, 75 pieces of plastic sheeting and plastic bags, 23 pieces of Styrofoam, 3 cigarette lighters, 10 pieces of polyurethane, 5 plastic gloves,  1 plastic spoon, 1 toothbrush, 24 plastic lids, 1 sweet container, 1 baby’s dummy, 154 pieces of hard plastic, 20 plastic bottles, 5 pieces of plastic pipe, 1 bicycle reflector, 2 fishing spools, 12 pieces of Nylon strapping material, 126 pieces of Nylon rope and twine

Clothing

1 piece of woman’s clothing, 2 shoes

1 umbrella

Car parts

1 car tire, 1 gear stick, 1 car headlight, 1 car aerial, 1 ignition car lead

Metal

1 disposable barbecue, 6 small pieces of metal, 1 large piece of metal, 3 Aluminium cans

Miscellaneous

1 tennis ball, 1 shotgun cartridge, 1 paint brush, 6 cardboard coffee cups and their plastic lids, 2 pieces of fibreglass, 1 arrow, 15 empty crisp packets, 1 piece of carpet, 1 broom handle, 12 pieces of rubber strap (used to hold bait in crab pot or to close pot door)

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