Last Saturday, people out and about in Instow were startled to find dozens of lavatories, apparently washed up on the beach.
In fact, it was all part of a campaign organised by North Devon Coast and Countryside Service, aimed at encouraging people not to chuck inappropriate waste down the pan…
The campaign has been going on for some time, originating with the South West Water company. Flushing items such as disposable nappies and cotton buds causes inconvenience and great expense, ultimately to ourselves. Items can block sewers and damage treatment plants, leading to flooding and pollution – and eventually they can find their way on to our beaches.
There was a great deal of lively interest in this event , which included an organised beach-clean in the afternoon – a good excuse for friends and neighbours to turn out and socialise, whilst benefitting the environment.