#LeaveNoTrace across our Living Coast

15 April 2021

#LeaveNoTrace Brighton is a community-initiated, proactive campaign to raise awareness and promote responsible rubbish disposal on Brighton's beaches and green spaces.

Formed by a group of local beach lovers, #LeaveNoTraceBrighton are campaigning to raise awareness and take action to improve our local beaches and green spaces. Their aim is to educate, encourage and empower individuals, communities and businesses to reduce, reuse, recycle or properly dispose of rubbish so our beaches, green spaces and seas can be clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy.

Fishing line on beach

#LeaveNoTraceBrighton have teamed up with Brighton-based Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme and Brighton & Hove City Council’s City Clean to tackle a major issue across all of our coastlines: that of discarded or washed up fishing net and line. This ‘ghost gear’ is usually made of types of plastic and is very hard to break, meaning that it not only creates plastic pollution in our seas and on our beaches, but if marine life – or indeed humans – become entangled in it is very hard to escape from, causing injury and even potentially drowning.

Fishing wire on beach

Image credit: Sarah Dobson

Fragments of ghost gear are unfortunately a common sight across the coastlines of the Living Coast. #LeaveNoTraceBrighton and their partners have worked together to install 10 new fishing line recycling tubes across the Brighton & Hove seafront so that anyone finding ghost gear on our beaches can recycle it safely. Ghost gear collected in the Brighton & Hove recycling tubes will be sent to ReWorked to be repurposed into new material, instead of being sent to landfill or incineration. A staggering quarter of a tonne of ghost gear has been collected and recycled in the first 3 months of the project alone.

The black tubes for recycling ghost gear are located across Brighton & Hove seafront. You can find them at the following locations:

  • Kind Alfred Beach, Hove
  • Hove Lagoon
  • D5/Hove Lawns
  • Norfolk Groyne
  • Albion Groyne
  • Banjo Groyne
  • Brighton Marina by The Tackle Box (funded by the Tackle Box)
  • Ovingdean
  • Rottingdean
  • Saltdean

Watch this film about the ghost gear recycling tubes:

#LeaveNoTraceBrighton are also working with Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Sussex by the Sea project, retrieving and recycling ghost gear with commercial fishermen.

By The Living Coast

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