Impact Update: Plastic Pollution

In October 2020 DEF awarded Till the Coast Is Clear, a local CIC that organises community beach cleans, with £15,000 to support their vital work keeping South Devon rivers, estuaries, and coastline as clean as possible.

Here’s a mini update on their progress so far…


  • Estimated two tonnes of plastic pollution recovered from South Devon coast & shorelines (October 2020 to February 2021).
  • Also 10 x Duke of Edinburgh students from KCC, Exeter School, Churston Grammar School – all beach cleaning under their own steam using TTCIC equipment wearing branded caps and tabards.
  • Plastic recovered from the coast is taken back to the yard, and sorted for upcycling and recycling where possible.



  • Thurlestone Golf Course – DEF/TTCIC/Thurlestone Golf Course co-banded recycled plastic bins going into Yarma and Lees Foot beaches to encourage public support and involvement.
  • 8 x new co-branded extra large recycled plastic bins going into strategic locations on South Devon Coast.



  • Coordinating with National Trust Torbay & South Hams to specifically target; Scobbiscombe Sands, Soar Mill Cove, Pudcombe Cove, Ayrmer Cove.
  • Coordinating with Flete Estate to help clear Mothecombe Beach, Wonwell Beach and Erme Estuary with local groups post lockdown.
  • Working with the private land owner and tenant farmer to access Westcombe Beach to remove pollution to the road head.
  • Social Prescribing Partners – SHAW & Wembury Medical Centre will begin to refer services users to TTCIC post lockdown.
  • Pathfinder Scheme – Devon & Cornwall Constabulary restorative justice scheme whereby TTCIC will be taking volunteers on clean up missions to help them rehabilitate and contribute to the community.



  • New support/safety boat obtained – due to be launched mid March on arrival of new engine from Darthaven Marine.
  • Co branded DEF & will be used as a safety boat for kayak volunteers and as a support boat for Coast Clear One when access to tricky locations/ large quantities of pollution.



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  • Gary spoke at an online evening talk hosted by Wembury Environment Group with 50 participants – and received great feedback.


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