The Marine Conservation Society UK has started a petition for clearer labeling on wet wipes to prevent them from being able to be advertised as ‘flushable’.
“Wet wipes currently labelled as flushable don’t meet the water industry standard. Demand retailers include a clear ‘DON’T FLUSH’ message on their packaging and remind us only paper, pee and poo belong down the loo.
Flushed wet wipes are a nightmare. They make your water bills more expensive, pollute beaches and can harm marine life. Support our campaign…and help us tackle this increasingly serious issue.”
This is a great petition which sends out information which maybe people just don’t know! We’ve signed it – to show your support or to find out more, click on the link below:
There is always room for improvement, however, so this year we are back and reminding everyone of the things you can do at home which together make a big difference (as seen by the results of the water testing!)
We look forward to seeing you all – thanks to the support at the St Leonard’s Festival!
Here are the events we’ve lined up so far – we’ll let you know if we add any more!
29th July & 5th August – Alexandra Park Play Days, Hastings
3rd & 4th September – Bexhill Festival of the Sea
17th & 18th September – Hastings Seafood and Wine festival
We’ve been out and about for the last couple of days painting (with consent!!) yellow fishes on the pavements of Hastings and Ore.
These fishes show the path of Ore Stream joining up with the stream in Alexandra Park, and the route all the way to the seafront in Hastings! Soon there will be notice boards going up showing the actual routes of the streams, and the 2 routes we have created on the streets of Hastings.
Thankyou to everyone who came and said Hi! Hope you enjoyed the sunny weather like us!
In November 2015 the results for the standard of Hastings Bathing water were released – from a predicted fail in May 2015 when the new water testing year started, to not just a pass but a good standard. This is a great result and achieved through the hard work of us all and our partners, the Environment Agency, Hastings Borough Council and Southern Water.
The official announcement can be found in lots of places – the link below is the one that Southern Water posted on the day of the announcement:-
We can’t stop now though – if we all keep up the good work and continue to spread the word on what to dispose of in the toilet – just the 3 P’s remember, how to dispose of Fats, Oils and Greases and food waste, and looking at how our houses are plumbed, especially if we have undertake plumbing work ourselves or have work done for us, we could even achieve an excellent result in November 2016!
Our Clean Seas Please Campaign started in 2012 and over the three years that we have been developing and managing this so far we have undertaken lots of interesting, exciting and diverse things – from events, breakfast meetings, taking part in a BBC program, photographs with Keene, talking to plumbers, caterers, parents and, talking, walking fish of course!
We wondered how we could sum up what the issues were that brought about the campaign, Fats Oils and Greases, Ragging and Missed Connections, and what we did in order to help our partners – Environment Agency, Hastings Borough Council and Southern Water, to make changes so that Hastings could meet the new EU standard on bathing water. We decided that the best way was in a short documentary – The Clean Seas Please Film – which you can see below. We hope you enjoy it.
“They are beaches where holidaymakers have swum happily for years, and many families may be heading for a refreshing dip in these last few weeks of summer.
But when tourists return to 25 of England’s beaches next year, they are likely to be confronted with signs advising them to stay out of the water – even though the seas are cleaner than ever.
New EU bathing water regulations that raise the ‘pass mark’ for beaches around Europe are expected to deem the sites unfit for swimming – due to sewage, agricultural waste, and even donkey and pigeon poo.
Despite the unpalatable list of pollutants, disclosed in new data from the Environment Agency, critics of the EU rules insist the waters are safe and fear the new signs could unfairly harm tourism to much-loved beaches, including picturesque parts of Devon and Cornwall.
Coastal towns around the country are now making last-ditch efforts to improve their water quality and try to avoid being blacklisted, as the EA carries out tests over the summer.”
Thanks to Southern Water, we have been able to give out Fat Funnels for free at our events! These are funnels that screw onto normal plasticbottles so you can collect fats, oils and greases (FOGs) more easily. They have a great design which fits most standard plastic bottles and inside the lid of the funnel, there is a place to secure the cap of the bottle for when you dispose of the oil-filled bottle.
The FOG-filled bottle must then be thrown away in the bin. They cannot be recycled as everything put for recycling should be cleaned completely.We have had some confusion at our recent events, so this should clear things up!
Although not recycling bottles a slight downside for using plastic bottles to store oil, when it is disposed of in the rubbish, it will be incinerated for energy! So it is not completely wasted! As discussed in a recent news feature by The Guardian (link here), some companies are planning on using these kind of FOGs for their main energy supply!
Another option to store your FOGs, is to use old Jam Jars! We have got jar labels, that we can give you to label your FOG jar, then you scrape the oil out and put it into the bin and reuse the jar. Again, the FOG-filled jars cannot be recycled unless they are cleaned, so no FOGs in the recycling bins please!
For your FREE fat funnel – check out our EVENTS page and see where we’ll be giving them out next!
Fat Funnel —> Screw onto bottle —> Fill up with FOGs —> Throw away!
Thanks for your support and remember, Clean Seas Please!