Beach cleaning

Tractors are used to rake dangerous litter from some beaches
Tractors are used to rake dangerous litter from some beaches

Many of our beaches have large amounts of dangerous litter washed up. On popular beaches, councils use tractors to rake up everything on the beach to keep people safe from broken glass, metal cans and discarded syringes as well as plastic and food wrappers.

Along with the litter that is dangerous to people and marine life, the natural marine debris is also raked up. This includes seaweeds, dead sponges and shells. The beach has less food for foraging birds and crabs. If plants are trying to grow in the sand, they are also are raked up. Sand plants stabilise sand and allow other plants to grow.