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Group removed 3.5 tonnes of rubbish from Scilly

A group of volunteers who came to Scilly to help clean our beaches ended up removing 3.5 tonnes of rubbish.

Clean Ocean Sailing spent two weeks on the islands in February as part of their mission to clean the UK's "coasts and oceans sustainably under sail and raise awareness about ocean plastics".

The 35 builders bags of rubbish they collected have now been sorted and weighed at their base in mainland Cornwall.

They ended up with just over 3.5 tonnes - 16,000 individual pieces - picked up on Samson, Tean, White Island, Gugh and St Marys.

The group wrote in an update: "Soon the rubbish we brought back with us from the Isles of Scilly will be collected by Ocean Recovery Project and recycled. Some of the material will be used for making these amazing sea kayaks by Odyssey Innovation Ltd.

"We've been trying to guess how many kayaks will be made out of the 3.5 tonnes we recovered from Scilly! We still can't quite believe how much rubbish washed up in that beautiful place from all over the world."

Clean Ocean Sailing went on to thank the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust for their help collecting the rubbish and their efforts throughout the year.

Group founder Steve Green previously told Radio Scilly that they hope to return to the islands on a regular basis.

Find out more about Clean Ocean Sailing or donate to their mission at


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