Pupils stunned by amount of litter found on beach clean-up day

Staff and pupils from Seaham High School all set for a litter pick at the beach.
Staff and pupils from Seaham High School all set for a litter pick at the beach.
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Pupils from an East Durham school enjoyed a day at the beach - but strictly for educational purposes.

For the youngsters from Seaham High School were not sunning themselves, they were looking after the environment.

Seaham High School pupils (left to right) Elly Loftus, Andrew Readymarcher and Hannah Dickinson.

Seaham High School pupils (left to right) Elly Loftus, Andrew Readymarcher and Hannah Dickinson.

A group of Year 8 pupils from the school carried out a big litter pick on Acre Beach, which is near the Marina in Seaham, and were stunned by how much rubbish they got in a short time.

Russell Lax, a staff member at the school, who co-ordinated the event, said the group of mixed ability young people did a great job.

The children wanted to carry out the clean-up operation to take place as part of the recent World Ocean Day.

Mr Lax, along with fellow teacher Tracey Dodds, has been working with the 33 children who are members of the Green Pathways group at the school.

The event went really well and the students were very enthusiastic

Russell Lax

As well as learning about pollution they have also been studying plastics in their science lessons.

During the litter pick the young people collected 24 bags of rubbish from the beach in just two hours.

Mr Lax said: “The event went really well and the students were very enthusiastic.”

He said most of the litter was plastics, as well as material, glass and cans.

Seaham High School pupils (left to right) Elly Loftus, Andrew Readymarcher and Hannah Dickinson.

Seaham High School pupils (left to right) Elly Loftus, Andrew Readymarcher and Hannah Dickinson.

Collecting such a huge quantity in such a short time emphasised just how much litter is being dropped.

Mr Lax said: “The students enjoyed doing the litter pick and want to do more to help the environment.”

He said many have already taken issues to heart, such as not using paper straws or none at all, instead of plastic straws after watching a video about how much damage they do.

Gary Hanson, 13, one of the pupils who took part, and by himself collected six bags of rubbish, said: “I really enjoyed taking part and was quite surprised by the amount of rubbish we picked up.”

Seaham High School pupil Gary Hanson with a selection of items he collected.

Seaham High School pupil Gary Hanson with a selection of items he collected.