Wardgroup Supports Beach Cleaning Project
When Wardgroup were approached by the Furness Waste Consortium to support the painting and refurbishment of a shipping container where equipment and vehicles are stored, we thought it was a good opportunity to put something back into the local community and do our bit to help the environment on Walney’s beautiful coastline.
Wardgroup donated paint and decorating supplies as well as providing a discount on further purchases so that the Furness waste Consortium could paint their shipping container and ensure that it is fit for purpose for years to come.
Furness Waste Consortium making Walney’s Beach Cleaner
In 2013 the Furness Waste Consortium conducted a survey, taking photographs and mapping an area of the North Walney nature reserve to look at the impact of litter prior to launching a litter picking campaign to clean the beach in conjunction with Natural England and local volunteers.
Since starting the project the consortium have:
- Organised over 65 litter picking sessions
- Collected and removed over 5,000 kgs of rubbish
- Removed over 100 syringes and needles
The scheme is supported by Barrow Borough Council who remove the bagged waste free of charge once it has been collected from the beach.
Beach Container Invaluable for Storing Equipment
There are no buildings or other ‘facilities’ at the reserve to store equipment, so the group were having to travel from South Walney Nature Reserve to ferry equipment to the beach clean site. After a time a local kitesurfing group, who owned a shipping container to store equipment and which was sited on a corner of the car park decided to sell it. Furness Waste Consortium members kindly agreed to meet the purchase price and the container was bought in late December 2014.
Thereafter we were able to house a small vehicle and equipment such as pop-up bags, litter pickers, pegs, weighing scales, black bags, grease gun, fuel funnel, etc, which has made life easier and saves time. The shipping container that was originally bought wasn’t in the best of condition, and has now been replaced by the current container which is the one being painted and refurbished.