September 23, 2008
Volunteers Pick Up Green Tips
BEACHES were cleaned as part of an international event.
Workers, families, youngsters and even some pets turned out to help with the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch on Saturday.
Local firm OSG organised and sponsored a clean-up effort at Tynemouth Longsands, supported by the Blue Reef Aquarium.
On the day, around 100 people turned out, with OSG funding the entire morning's efforts and providing all equipment, food and free entry to the aquarium for all participants.
Volunteers from the Cullercoats Brownies and the Eco Club from Christ Church Primary School in North Shields also attended the event to help clean the beach of waste and debris.
It was the second year OSG has sponsored and run the clean-up effort at Tynemouth.
Volunteers were given bin bags, a pair of gloves and a reporting form to record their finds and all rubbish collected was brought back to the aquarium to be separated out and itemised before being recycled if possible.
Each Beachwatch survey provides a snapshot of the amounts and types of litter on British beaches. The data is then used to help the Marine Conservation Society identify major polluters and form recommendations for action to reduce the sources of marine and beach litter.
OSG Newcastle, based in Longbenton, technically manages 35 crude oil tankers across the world and is dedicated to environmental protection.
OSG globally has more than 4,000 shore and sea-based staff and has offices in Newcastle, London, Manila, Houston, Tampa, Athens, Singapore, Philadelphia and Montreal. More information can be found at www.osg.com John Mills, from OSG Newcastle, said: "The dedication to protecting our global marine environment remains the same whether we have a tanker in Europe, Asia or the Americas and our environmental innovations, strategies and policies ensure OSG actively seek to improve and increase their environmental work in all sectors of our company both onshore and at sea.
"We are constantly improving the way we operate as a company both at sea on our ships and ashore in our offices, local environmental events like the beach clean-up are vital to OSG's dedication to environmental protection.
More information can be found at www.mcsuk.org.
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